An alarming crime wave has descended upon High School Musical 3 marketing materials across the country - with images of Zac Efron beheaded, defaced and just plain stolen from Australian cinemas! But are these heinous crimes against cardboard acts of love or hatred?
Zac's superstardom has definitely spread Down Under after the High School Musical singey-dancey stuff was massive in the US, with any tween girl with a pulse plastering his bronzer-laden face on their bedroom walls. So why the vandalism?
The shot at left (2nd photo) was taken of the HSM 3 display at Reading Cinemas in Perth, with Zac's head cruelly torn from his cardboard body.
The first shot is of another display at a Hoyts cinema in Sydney, with the Zac head ripped off in exactly the same fashion. Is this some kinda wacky tween crime cult we're unaware of? We can just see a bunch of 10-year-old Disney Girl readers giggling over their dad's laptop conspiring over IM.
The death toll so far for Zac displays stands at three, with a Hoyts rep saying a further HSM display has been removed completely after being "destroyed".
OK, destroyed? This makes the matter a little more sinister than a bunch of girls wanting a cardboard Zac head to smuggle home. Who could ever want to harm such a cheery, fresh-faced, wholesome group of teen entertainers?
“We knew there were huge numbers of fanatical High School Musical fans out there but who’d have thought they would go to this extreme?" said Disney publicist Sam Jones. "Zac Efron is currently one of the hottest properties in Hollywood so there is no surprise people here are trying to get a piece of him."