ZAC Efron apparently turned down the chance to play Superman after getting advice from his Hollywood pal Leonardo DiCaprio.
The High School Musical star was in line for a new movie version of the Man of Steel until the Titanic actor stepped in.
“Zac feels he’s very much following in the footsteps of Leo and respects his opinion,” a source said. “He didn’t turn Superman down because of him but Leo was unsure whether it would be the best move for him.
“It’s a massive franchise. Zac is now chasing more dramatic roles in independent movies.”
Efron recently revealed he became buddies with his acting idol DiCaprio after he scored with him at a basketball game.
“I met him at a Laker game,” he said. “I’d sat down in seats and I looked down and there was a dude in a baseball hat and I went, ‘Holy s***, that’s Leo!’ I was like, ‘Man, I’m not gonna interrupt you during the game, I know you wanna watch the Lakers. But if there’s any chance that I could just talk to you for a minute, whether we get coffee, anything dude.’
“And he was like, ‘Dude, what are you doing tomorrow? Come over tomorrow — let’s hang out.’
“That’s a little taste of how cool he is. He’s just very down to earth. He’s just an awesome dude. He’s been nice enough to hang out with me a few times.”
The star has previously revealed how the Inception hunk warned him on the dangers of substance abuse.
“It was kind of his way-out-the-door, last-minute advice. He said, ‘Oh, by the way, if you really want to mess this all up, try heroin’,” he said.
“I said, ‘Thanks’, and he said, ‘No, seriously, that’s pretty much the only way you’re going to screw this up, and you shouldn’t go down that road — it will mess you up without fail. Do not do drugs.’
“That was enough for me; that’s all I needed to hear.”
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