Zac Efron has been a big name in Hollywood ever since he started in 2006’s “High School Musical.” Efron soon progressed to theatre and followed it up with guest roles on popular television series such as ‘Firefly’, ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘The Guardian.
Although he is mainly known for his comedy work, Efron has dabbled in various genres, from romantic dramas to frightening mystery films based on real-life people and events. But not all of his movies have been critical hits.
Efron has tasted success and failure in equal measures. Though almost all his films have fared well at the box office, there were some that the critics panned.
Recently, a new image from Peter Farrelly’s movies The Greatest Beer Run Ever has just been released, giving us a look into the upcoming dramedy that sees Zac Efron as John “Chickie” Donahue, a man on a mission to split a few beers with some of his far-flung friends fighting in Vietnam.
The new image shows Efron in character as Donahue, looking roughed up and rugged, looking off into the distance as he crouches in what looks like a military vehicle.
The film is based on the actual 1967 adventure of John Donahue. He, after seeing an anti-war protest on TV, decided that the soldiers in Vietnam were being mistreated by the public and set out to give them his own small but intensely personal show of appreciation.
Donahue documented his adventure in the memoir The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War, which he co-wrote with JT Molloy.
The film is Peter Farrelly’s follow-up to his Academy Award Best Picture-winning film Green Book. Green Book also told the true story of Don Shirley, a Black jazz pianist who is chauffeured through the deep south in the early 1960s by his white driver, Frank Vallelonga. Marhershala Ali won an Oscar for his role as Don Shirley.
However, despite its awards season success, the film was met with harsh criticism. Many accused the movie of participating in ‘White Savior’ stereotypes. Shirley’s own family also criticized the film for misrepresenting Shirley and Vallelonga’s relationship and leaving them out of its production process.
Before the release of Green Book, Peter Farrelly was a part of a long-running creative duo with his brother Bobby.
Together they made many of the most notable comedies from the 1990s, including Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary. Peter branched off from his usual comedy work and his partnership with Bobby Farrelly when he created Green Book, his first endeavor into drama.
It looks like Farrelly will be taking a similar track with The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which also takes on an actual historical narrative from the 1960s.
However, The Greatest Beer Run Ever is listed as a dramedy, perhaps indicating that Farrelly will lean further into the comedic elements of the story while also honoring the deeply serious subject. The story is, after all, one of levity amid war.