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Efron: Quaid told me variety is key

Zac Efron has revealed that The Big Easy actor, Dennis Quaid, helped to influence his latest film choice.

The High School Musical and 17 Again star plays frat-boy Teddy in Nicholas Stoller's new comedy, Bad Neighbours, which is something of a departure from the squeaky clean characters he played with Disney.

The 26-year-old told Total Film: "I did a film with Dennis [Quaid] and I asked him, 'if you could go back to your younger self, what would you say?' He said, 'keep doing different kinds of movies and always change it up'."

Bad Neighbours is a college movie and coming-of-age story rolled into one, starring Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne as Zac's neighbours and new parents, who start a tit-for-tat war with the graduate over his inappropriate antics.

"I've always wanted to do as many different things as possible. My character is president of the fraternity and coming to grips with how quickly his adult future is coming - where he's not going to rule the world any more. These guys [Rose and Seth's characters] are doing something which he doesn't want to do which is grow up," he said.

Zac also admitted that Seth's involvement in the movie persuaded him to take the part. "He's always made movies that are cool and that my generation identify with, especially guys, and the only way I knew I wanted to make a comedy like this was if Seth was involved."

Bad Neighbours, from the writer/director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, opens in UK cinema's on May 9.

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