Zac Efron Explains ‘Footloose’ Flip-Flop

Apparently, Zac Efron isn’t feeling the music these days.

The High School Musical hunk tells that he backed out of the upcoming remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic Footloose because he doesn’t want to be typecast as a song-and-dance man.

“I’m sure Footloose would have been a huge challenge,” Efron offered while in Las Vegas to accept the ShoWest Breakthrough Performer of the Year award on Thursday, “but the actors that I love and the actors that work really hard in this industry are always shaking things up, trying new genres, acquiring new skill sets. That’s what’s always going to appeal to me: the unknown.”

Efron, who had been attached to the project for a year and a half, announced that he was bowing out of it late last month. Since then, Gossip Girl hottie Chace Crawford has been mentioned as a possible replacement.

And if that doesn’t work out, maybe Efron’s new wax replica can step into the role. From the looks of the thing, it could really use some work.

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