Zac Efron has broken his silence following the tragic death of his former "17 Again" co-star, Matthew Perry. Perry, who passed away from an apparent drowning in his hot tub, had expressed his desire for Efron to portray him in a biopic. Efron revealed that he feels "hugely honored" by Perry's comments and described the experience of working with him on "17 Again" as "surreal."
Speaking at the premiere of his latest film, "Iron Claw," Efron admitted that he is still devastated by Perry's passing. He expressed his admiration for Perry's comedic timing and credited him with shaping his own approach to comedic acting. Efron shared that it would be "extraordinary" to take on the role of Perry in the future.
Perry had previously mentioned his preference for Efron to play him in a romcom that he had written. While Efron declined the opportunity, Perry's friend confirmed that the late actor believed Efron had done a good job portraying him in "17 Again." The film saw Perry play the role of a middle-aged man who gets a chance to relive his teenage years, with Efron taking on the role of his younger self.
When it came to the female lead in Perry's biopic, he revealed that actress Aubrey Plaza was a top contender, commending her talent and expressing his belief that she would have been perfect for the role. However, no further details were given regarding the status of the biopic project.
Matthew Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom "Friends," tragically passed away at the age of 54. While the official cause of death has not been confirmed, initial toxicology reports ruled out the presence of meth or fentanyl in Perry's system.
The news of Perry's untimely death shocked his former "Friends" co-stars, who released a statement expressing their devastation and describing themselves as a family. They shared that they would take time to grieve and process the loss before making further statements.
Zac Efron's potential involvement in a Matthew Perry biopic has garnered significant attention, with fans eagerly awaiting any updates on the project. As Efron continues to mourn the loss of his friend and former co-star, the possibility of honoring Perry's life through a biopic remains an intriguing prospect.