Zac Efron Stated He’d Be “Honored” To Play Matthew Perry In A Biopic

Zac Efron had some sort phrases to say about his former costar Matthew Perry following the information of his sudden demise final month.

In case you didn’t know, Zac and Matthew developed fairly a bond after starring collectively within the 2009 hit comedy 17 Once more.

Within the film, Zac memorably performs a 17-year-old model of Matthew’s 37-year-old character, after he falls right into a time vortex and will get the prospect to relive his highschool years.

Earlier than he was tragically discovered lifeless in his LA dwelling on Oct. 28, Matthew had apparently been within the early phases of engaged on a biopic about his life, and in accordance with a buddy, had expressed curiosity in having Zac play him.

“He had worked with Zac Efron in the past on a movie, and he said that he wanted Zac Efron to play him as a younger version [of himself] and that he was gonna ask him soon to do that,” Athenna Crosby, Matthew’s buddy — and one of many final folks to see him alive — advised Leisure Tonight final week.

Athenna mentioned the Buddies actor was “enthusiastic” concerning the potential mission, which he hoped would shed extra gentle on his struggles with drug and alcohol habit.

“He was just looking forward to sharing more about his story and his recovery from addiction, and really championing that cause to help more people, so he was so optimistic and happy about everything that he wanted to do,” she mentioned.

After all, being that 17 Once more is a movie beloved by many, followers instantly beloved the prospect of Zac enjoying a youthful model of Matthew for a second time.

And now, Zac is weighing in himself, and exhibiting some love for his former costar and buddy.

Whereas attending a purple carpet for his new film, The Iron Claw, Zac was requested a number of occasions about Matthew’s obvious needs to forged him in a biopic.

“I’m honored to hear he was thinking of me to play him,” the actor advised Folks. “We’ll see. I’d be honored to do it.”

He went on to say that he’s heartbroken by the lack of Matthew, and didn’t hear concerning the potential position alternative till after he died.

“I found out after, and of course, I’m devastated for his loss. He was a mentor to me, and we made a really cool film together,” Zac mentioned, earlier than divulging somewhat about what he discovered from Matthew on set.

“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,” he mentioned.

In one other interview with Leisure Tonight, Zac described Matthew as “the best guy in the world,” who he had the time of his life working with.

Since Matthew’s demise, plenty of his costars have spoken out to rejoice his life and work — together with the co-creators of Buddies, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible,” they mentioned in a joint assertion. “All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives.”

“He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliché to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us,” they added.

Equally, Matthew’s Buddies costars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer — issued a transferring assertion mourning the “unfathomable loss” of their buddy and former forged mate.

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” the group mentioned. “In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”