I For One Am Relieved To Find Zac Efron Still Suckling At The Teat Of Disney

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Zac Efron at the Venice Film Festival for At Any Price 2012Unlike most former child stars like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez, who are so eager to distance themselves from Disney that they've turned tail and run straight into the arms of mild drug use, nude texting, or Spring Breakers, (or all three — I'm looking at you, Vanessa Hudgens), Zac Efron wants everyone to know that he is really grateful for every opportunity that Disney gave him. Sure, he's tried to revamp his image since his High School Musical days, but since he's been largely unsuccessful, it looks like he's finally admitting defeat and embracing his age-old sugar daddy:

“Here’s the one thing about High School Musical that a lot of people forget or don’t realize. It affected a lot of people; its resonance, culturally, was massive… and at the same time, it was in every sense of it, the luckiest break in the world. The wrong thing to do — and that’s what all these interviews now are trying to get me to say — is to turn on it, to like shit on it, call it crap. But that’s insane. There are hundreds of people who began doing one thing when they were younger, who go on to develop and refine and shape their vision, as they get older, and other concerns — like fame, or money — take a back seat to other ones.”

Oookay buddy, we're reaching a little with some of that, just as far as putting the words ‘cultural' and ‘resonance' in the same sentence. Maybe pump the brakes on that. But otherwise, I'm glad to see that you still have the Disney teat firmly in your HSM mouth. Now if only we could get you back to doing musicals on the regular instead of getting peed on by Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy or dirtied up with Dennis Quaid for the upcoming At Any Price, I would be the world's happiest camper.

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