By Matt Thompson
Time recently sat down with Zac Efron to discuss hair, college and movie roles for the upcoming November 30th edition of the magazine. They posed ten questions for Zac and he managed to respond to each one with some absorbing to say. Nevertheless, we found one question to be particularly amusing. Will Zac Efron ever star in an action movie?
“I would love to try an action film at some point, but not too soon. I think that can be a kiss of death. There's got to be a real role that I can bring something unique and specific to, a way for me to do it believably. Until then, I think it would just come across as weird,” Zac had to say of the matter.
Zac’s comments — in particular, the phrase "kiss of death" — got us to thinking about other actors/actresses who have played against type and went for a different kind of role. After the jump, we take a look at a few of those stars and figure out if these atypical roles came out as flat out weird or made a positive impact on their careers.
Anne Hathaway in 2005 erotic thriller "Havoc"
This was certainly a gigantic change for the actress known as the innocent royal princess Mia Thermopolis. Anne couldn’t escape the “good girl” image she attained after the "Princess Diaries" films. Possibly in an effort to get away from this image, Anne starred in "Havoc," an erotic thriller. She was nude in much of the film and had numerous amounts of sex scenes. It seemly blatantly obvious she did this to go out of her element despite her denials she wanted to be looked at as a more mature actress. So did this put a “kiss of death” career? Ultimately, it did not. She's successfully starred in "Get Smart," "Devil Wears Prada" and "Rachel Getting Married" afterward.
Sean William Scott in 2000 horror film "Final Destination"
He’s starred in "American Pie," "Dude Where's My Car" and "Road Trip," seemingly playing a similar role in all of them. The man notorious as Steve Stifler has always been playing raunchy, hilarious roles his whole career. The Stiffmeister previously expressed his fear of being typecasted and perhaps in an effort to go out his element, he playing a wretched nerd in "Final Destination." It was weird, awkward and at times out of place to see him go from being the confidant ladies man in "American Pie" to an insecure geek in the same year. Did this ruin his career and kill future opportunities? Once again, it certainly did not. He went on to star in "The Rundown," "Dukes of Hazzard" and most recently "Role Models."
Daniel Radcliffe in the 2007 play "Equus"
Lastly, we have perhaps the weirdest of all. Daniel has been completely synonymous with the mega-franchise "Harry Potter" his entire acting career. It’s almost as if Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter have become one in the same. He felt it was time to go against the grain. Daniel took it upon himself to star in 2007 play "Equus," a play about a stable boy who has an obsession with horses. He appeared nude on stage and still got critical acclaim for the role. The play made over two million pounds, later being taken to Broadway. Daniel was nervous about doing it in front of an American audience, who felt would be more discriminating than a European crowd, but tf anything it helped boost his career.
Our conclusion? Go out of your element Zac and star in an action film. You have nothing to lose.