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Zac Efron Pays Tribute to ’17 Again’ Co-Star Matthew Perry During Walk of Fame Ceremony Speech

Zac Efron Pays Tribute to ’17 Again’ Co-Star Matthew Perry During Walk of Fame Ceremony Speech

Zac Efron received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday, but his thoughts were on another star, Matthew Perry. Efron co-starred with Perry in the 2009 movie 17 Again, one which helped catapult Efron into stardom.

“Collaborating with him and [director Burr Steers] — it was so much fun and really did propel me and motivate me in so many ways,” Efron said, according to People. “It really pushed me into the next chapter of my career, and for that, thank you so much, Matthew. Thinking about you a lot today.” 

Efron added that Perry was “so kind and generous with me” when working on the movie. Perry died in October at 54 years old after reportedly drowning in his hot tub.

Zac Efron Would Be Open to Playing Perry In Biopic

Efron, at the world premiere of his latest movie The Iron Claw, said to People that he’d be open to playing Perry in a biopic. Before he died, Perry did express interest in having Efron play him in a movie about his life. “I’m honored to hear he was thinking of me to play him,” Evron told People. “We’ll see. I’d be honored to do it.”

Efron’s latest movie is about pro wrestling’s Von Erich family. Jeremy Allen White, Efron’s co-star, director Sean Durkin, and friend Miles Teller, spoke on Efron’s behalf. Efron initially became known for his work on Disney’s High School Musical movie trilogy. He became the 2,767th entertainment industry figure to get a star on the Walk of Fame.

“For our generation, Zac was and is the first true superstar to come out of our class,” Teller, 36, said. He was reflecting back on his first meeting with Efron when they filmed their 2014 movie That Awkward Moment.

Efron Said That Perry ‘Was A Mentor To Me’

Speaking of 17 Again, the movie follows a man (Perry) who gets a chance to return to his life at 17 years old. This way, he gets to rewrite the past. Efron portrayed the young version of Perry’s character in the comedy. It was his first film released after the High School Musical trilogy wrapped in 2008.

“He was a mentor to me, and we made a really cool film together,” Efron said of Perry to People. “I looked up to him, I learned comedic timing from that guy. I mean, when we were filming 17 Again, it was so surreal for me to look across and have him be there, because I’ve learned so much from him, from his whole life.”