Zac Efron 'stays ahead' of audience

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A modern version of the 1980 musical which centers on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.
July 28th, 2010

Zac Efron tries to "stay ahead" of his fans.

The 'Charlie St. Cloud' actor - who rose to fame as Troy Bolton in the hugely successful 'High School Musical' movies - claims he has spent a lot of time balancing out what his fans would want to see him in and what projects he wants to pursue.

He said: "What do the fans want to see? I could do another musical. I could stick to my guns and try to do more of that. Try and do another cool musical and try to stick with that genre. Is that really what the fans want to see? I mean everyone is like, 'How can you make that transition? How are you going to get the fans to follow you into this new kind of stuff?'

"The only way that I know how to do that is to stay a little bit ahead of the audience. Experience life, make movies about those experiences, and by the time the audience catches up, and maybe realises that life isn't always like 'High School Musical,' maybe they will have a movie that helps them through that next challenge that they face in life."

However, the 22-year-old hunk confesses in the end, he has to do what satisfies him as he doesn't want to have regrets about his career - but he does hope people gain something from his movies.

He told MTV News: "I don't want to look back and say I just made movies because it was fun, you know? I want to make movies because it's challenging and it's an opportunity to help people. Otherwise it's just, you know, kind of selfish, I think."