‘Rock Of Ages’ Director Gives Diego Boneta His Big Break

And he's not the first: Zac Efron and Channing Tatum also got their starts with Adam Shankman.

Producer/director/choreographer Adam Shankman is clearly a man of many talents, but perhaps the “Rock of Ages” helmer should consider adding “talent scout” to his résumé.

When we caught up with Shankman to chat about his movie based on the hit Broadway musical, we were curious as to whether he would seek a finder’s fee if star Diego Boneta’s career takes off following the film’s June 15 release.

“I feel like he’s one in a long line of finder’s fees for me,” Shankman said with a grin. “I feel like, you know, I put Zac Efron in his first two movies. Channing [Tatum] was kind of born out of ‘Step Up.’ You know, there’s been some of these actors, I feel like I’ve been a part of their early development. Diego is just another one for me. They’re all incredibly special. They all feel like my children, my very successful, very beautiful children, and I adore him.”

Another thing Shankman would like a “finder’s fee” for? Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s engagement!

Newcomer Boneta (“90210,” “Pretty Little Liars”) stars as busboy/ aspiring musician Drew Boley, who’s given the incredible opportunity to open for iconic rock legend Stacee Jaxx (played by Tom Cruise). When we talked with Shankman earlier this year for our Summer Movie Preview Week, he explained the up-and-coming actor’s appeal.

“His audition just sort of stopped me in my tracks,” he recalled. “I saw it on my casting website. I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of guys on there, and his stopped me because there was no acting — he just was that guy. And he also sang so great. In the best casting moments, you’re looking at somebody and saying, ‘How much do I have to do with this person to get them there?’ I just looked at him and he just dropped into it very easily and naturally. And then, of course, there’s that face.”

“Rock of Ages,” which also stars Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Malin Akerman, hits theaters Friday.

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