Zac Efron And Vanessa Hudgens Call Release-Date Shuffle ‘Disappointing’

Efron's 'Charlie St. Cloud' took over the weekend originally held by Hudgens' 'Beastly.'

It goes without saying that the inner workings of the film business are a mystery to most of those on the outside looking in. Sometimes, even the individuals closest to the projects are left in the dark — particularly with regard to movie release dates.

Such is the case with Zac Efron’s “Charlie St. Cloud” moving into the release date previously held by girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens’ “Beastly.” When MTV News caught up with Efron at Neutrogena’s Wave for Change with Global Giving, we asked him what he thought of his film taking over the “Beastly” weekend.

“It was disappointing,” Efron said. “It was hard. I actually had to break the news to her. I was like, ‘I think we are moving on to your date.’ … She took it really well, but it’s hard when that kind of stuff happens. We don’t, as actors, have any control over it, so we’ll see. I mean, hopefully it will work out for the best. ‘Beastly’ is a great movie, and when it does come out, people are absolutely going to love it.”

In talking to MTV News about her film being pushed to March 2011, Hudgens was equally diplomatic. “I just didn’t feel right about us having movies coming out on the same day,” she said. “It’s just not right.”

It could have been fun for a little friendly competition, though. “True,” Hudgens admitted, “but, I don’t know, I just don’t think it’s fair to either of us.”

She added that the delay has given filmmakers the time to perfect the film. “We’re actually going to be doing some re-shoots and changing it up a bit, so hopefully we’ll make it that much better.”

What do you think of the release-date shuffle? Are you glad you won’t have to decide between “St. Cloud” and “Beastly”? Let us know in the comments!