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Hanks applauds Efron

Tom Hanks says it was "brave" of Zac Efron to confront his demons in rehab.

The 25-year-old former High School Musical star quietly sought professional help for alcohol and cocaine abuse twice this year after suffering a relapse, according to various media reports.

Tom, who produced Zac's new film Parkland, was asked about the claims by E! News, and admitted while he's "not hip" to Zac's situation, he applauds anyone able to take such a "courageous step".

"I think anybody who says, 'Hey, maybe I should go work on this,' more power [to him]," Tom said.

Zac appeared to address speculation about the substance abuse claims last week when he posted a photo of himself on vacation on Instagram and thanked fans for standing by him.

"Hey guys! Just returned from an incredible trip to Peru with my dad and wanted to thank you all for your support these past few weeks. means the world to me. Love you guys! - Z," he wrote.

While the actor did not address reports of drug and alcohol abuse directly he did appear to be happy and healthy in the accompanying photograph, which showed him smiling during a climbing excursion.

A source recently told Britain's Heat magazine Zac is determined to make his health a priority.

Apparently it was "common knowledge" the star was using drugs while filming Neighbors with Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Rose Byrne.

He's reportedly overhauled his lifestyle to make sure he stays clean after realising how badly his drugs and drinking could affect his career.

"Not being fit for work was a big wake-up call. Zac doesn't want stories of his partying to stand in the way of him becoming an even bigger star," a source said.

Peter Landesman drama Parkland, about the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy, is scheduled for US release next month. Neighbors is scheduled to hit cinemas in the spring.

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