A Heartfelt Homage on the Hollywood Boulevard: Zac Efron's Touching Tribute to Matthew Perry Shines at Walk of Fame Ceremony! 🌟🤩💫
2023/12/19

Recently, Zac Efron, the 36-year-old heartthrob, was recognized for his remarkable career by being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This prestigious honor prompted Efron to take a moment to remember his former co-star, Matthew Perry, who sadly passed away at the age of 54 in October. Efron lovingly reminisced about Perry's kindness and generosity during the filming of their 2009 movie, "17 Again."

In a heartfelt speech, Efron expressed his gratitude towards Perry, saying, "Working with him and director Burr Steers was not only incredibly fun but also immensely motivating for me. It catapulted me to the next level of my career, and for that, Matthew, I am eternally grateful. You are in my thoughts today."

During the ceremony, Efron's co-star in "The Iron Claw," Jeremy Allen White, and director Sean Durkin spoke on his behalf, along with his close friend, Miles Teller. Efron, who rose to prominence as the lead in Disney's "High School Musical" trilogy, became the 2,767th entertainment figure to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In his tribute, Teller acknowledged Efron as the first true superstar to emerge from their generation. Reflecting on their time filming "That Awkward Moment" in 2014, Teller openly expressed his admiration for Efron's talent and charisma.

During the premiere of "The Iron Claw" in Dallas last month, Efron revealed to PEOPLE magazine that he would be open to the idea of playing the role of the late Matthew Perry in a future biopic. Perry had previously shown interest in having Efron portray him in a film about his life.

"I feel extremely honored that he considered me for the role," Efron shared. "We'll have to wait and see what happens. It would genuinely be a privilege to take on such a project."

In the movie "17 Again," Perry portrayed a man who magically gets the opportunity to relive his life as a 17-year-old and correct past mistakes. Efron's role was that of the younger version of Perry's character in this comedy film, which also marked his first significant role after the "High School Musical" trilogy.

Efron praised Perry's mentorship and their collaboration on the movie, emphasizing the profound impact Perry had on his comedic timing.

He described the surreal experience of working alongside someone whom he greatly admired and had learned so much from.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame recently announced its plans to honor industry figures such as Kevin Feige, Gal Gadot, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Meledandri, Chris Pine, Christina Ricci, Michelle Yeoh, and the late Chadwick Boseman for their remarkable contributions to the film in the coming year.

Efron's latest film, "The Iron Claw," is set to hit theaters on December 22nd, and fans across the globe are eagerly waiting to see their favorite heartthrob in action once again.

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