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Zac Efron Doesn't Doesn't Want to Get Back In 'Baywatch' Shape: 'It's Just Stupid'

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By Brooklyn Denton

Zac Efron has become synonymous with his incredible physique. Since leaving his Disney Channel days and his subsequent "good boy" image behind, many of his roles that followed involved the actor being shirtless on-screen more often than not.

Perhaps, no film showed that more than his performance in the 2017 reboot of the show with the same name, Baywatch. Efron now says that despite the enviable six-pack he rocked in the film, he doesn't ever want to be in that kind of shape ever again.

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The That Awkward Moment actor admitted this relevation on a recent appearance on the popular internet series Hot Ones which is hosted by Sean Evans. Like most of the series' guests, Efron was grilled with questions while throwing back chicken wings that get progressively hotter with each question.

When the subject of his physical transformation for the 2017 film came into the question, Efron was down to answer. Of note, his co-star in the film was Dwayne Johnson, who is also known for his out-of-this-world fit physique.


The crown for most fit might very well be Johnson's for the long haul because Efron confessed that he's good on being that kind of "fit" ever again. "That was actually a really important time to do Baywatch because I realized that when I was done with that movie, I don’t ever want to be in that good of shape again. Really. It was so hard. You’re working with almost no wiggle room, right?" he told Evans in the video.

"You’ve got things like water under your skin that you’re worrying about, making your six-pack into a four-pack. S--- like that it’s just not … it’s just stupid," the actor continued.

Ultimately, however, Efron doesn't regret the work he put in while doing the film because the final product benefitted from his gains, quite literally. So though he's not interested in personally achieving those goals, for the right project, he could see himself changing his stance on attaining that level of fit once again.

"I’m happy that it worked, I’m happy that it got me through it. I may do it again if it was something worthwhile but we’ll wait till it gets to that," he clarified. "I’m good. Take care of your heart, take care of your brain and you’re good."

Efron has spoken against his famed Baywatch physique in the past. In fact, during a May 2019 taping of The Ellen Degeneres Show, he told Degeneres and the audience that he didn't want to "glamorize" his appearance in the film.

Despite the talk show host unveiling a wax figure of Efron's bodacious Baywatch bod, Efron was vehement in his stance on not glorifying unrealistic standards in one's physical appearance and wanted to make it clear that that wasn't something that should be sought after. "That’s too big. For guys, that’s unrealistic," he told the host.

"I’m telling you, I got very big and buff for that movie. But I don’t want people to think that’s the best way to be. Be your size," he added, speaking directly to the studio audience.

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