I try and avoid talking about Zac Efron if at all possible. That being said, his latest dilemma brings up an interesting point. Zac, I guess has not ruled out HSM4 which shows you that his career is not going as great as he would have liked.
As a condition to doing HSM4 he wants $10M. That is one hell of a lot of money for a television film. If Disney coughs up the dough to pay him, is it really worth it?
I think Zac Efron became famous because of the concept of HSM, not because he is any great shakes as an actor. I think that he might be able to get $10M for HSM4, but that if you put him in any other film, he probably would be lucky to get $1M which is what Paris Hilton got for Pledge This.
The other question is whether HSM is like a Law And Order type situation where it doesn't matter who the hell you stick in there, the formula is going to work and thus you can find a new bunch of people and pay them $50,000 each and have them do it for the next few years. By the time they reach their third installment, Zac and Vanessa and Ashley will have moved on to rehab heaven or a career as a columnist with The Advocate, and so would probably be willing to return as teachers or janitors or wherever Disney can find a slot for them.
So, what do you think? Would you pay Zac Efron $10M?