Precisely what happened has given rise to endless tabloid speculation, and Efron is coy about the details."I had a friend come pick me up late at night -- we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up," he says, without identifying the friend.I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him.At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face -- and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight." After that, the two friends went home.I've learned from each one." It's April 11, mere weeks since the 26-year-old star of the got into a tussle with a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning.Add that to his well-publicized stint in rehab, and any reporter might be forgiven for expecting the worst.
"The best part of the shoot by far was hanging out with Seth and the guys," he says. Drive home, and the sun's up, go to sleep and then get back to set. It sort of became real." It didn't help that Efron broke his hand during a fight sequence with Dave Franco, who plays his best friend. He kept going for a while, and slowly his hand was getting very swollen. We were budgeting what it would cost and writing it into the [script]. We didn't change our shooting schedule at all." Adds Rogen: "A lot of actors are looking at any opportunity to not do their very easy job.
And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model.
At the same time, I'm a human being, and I've made a lot of mistakes.
"He passed me, and I just stopped and was compelled to say something," recalls Efron.
"I blurted out: ' Hey, Seth, my name's Zac.