Exclusive Clip: Zac Efron Gets Caught in a Sandstorm in Gold

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We have an exclusive clip of the new Zac Efron film Gold, now playing in theaters. In our clip, Efron is looking rather unrecognizable with the former teen heartthrob completely covered in dirt in his role as a desert drifter left to protect a newly-discovered treasure. He must endure the harshest elements the desert has to offer, which includes a harsh sandstorm. You can watch Efron handling it to the best of his abilities in the clip below.

The official synopsis for Gold reads: “When two drifters (Zac Efron and Anthony Hayes) traveling across a deserted wasteland stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found, the dream of immense wealth and greed takes hold. The discovery soon becomes problematic when they realize a large part of the nugget is buried underground. They hatch a plan to protect and excavate the gold, with one man leaving to secure the necessary equipment. The other man remains and must endure the harsh desert elements while battling suspicion he has been abandoned to his own fate.

Two-way radios keep them in contact, and with hours and eventually days of dead airtime in between each communication the stranded man begins to run out of supplies. Water is scarce, food even more so. His plans to protect the gold are interrupted by two strangers who may change the course of the men’s plans. Set in an unforgiving landscape, Gold is a film about what motivates greed and the lengths people will go to in order to secure themselves.”

Gold is directed by Anthony Hayes. It is written by Hayes and Polly Smyth. Along with Efron, the film also stars Hayes and Susie Porter. The film is produced by Rogue Star Productions, Deeper Water Films, and Ingenious Media. Its North American release comes courtesy of Screen Media Films.

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Zac Efron Actually Shot This Scene in a Real Sandstorm

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Gold helmer Anthony Hayes gave high praise to Efron’s work on the film, both on and off camera. Hayes, who also co-stars in the film with Efron, said he was impressed with just how much of himself the actor had put into the project. This was despite the film shooting amid extreme heat conditions and actual sandstorms. The clip above was filmed during a real sandstorm even though the cast and crew had brought the equipment needed to shoot a fake sandstorm sequence.

“Once Zac got out there, he was just the hardest working dude you could get. He didn’t complain once,” Hayes told The Sydney Morning Herald.

On the sandstorm scene, Hayes added, “I just thought, ‘This is exactly what we’re trying to capture here, we should just shoot this thing.’ The question was whether Zac would do it, so I’ve gone to his trailer and said, ‘Hey mate, I really want to shoot in this sandstorm. You don’t have to do it, but what do you think?’ And he’s like, ‘Yep, buddy, let’s do it!’”

Gold is now playing in theaters. You can watch the full trailer for the film below.


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