Zac Efron is sharing his latest movie with the world.
The 34-year-old actor celebrated the premiere of his new comedy The greatest beer race of all time at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, waving to fans and signing autographs outside Roy Thomson Hall. Efron also posed with cast and crew members, including director Peter Farrelly.
In the film, Efron plays real-life local hero Chickie Donohue, who in 1967 decided on a whim to bring beer from her New York neighborhood to her friends serving in the Vietnam War.
Based on the bestselling book The Greatest Beer Race of All Time: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John “Chick” Donohue and JT Molloy, the film also stars Russell Crowe and Bill Murray.
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The stars of the film stopped at PEOPLE and Weekly entertainmentphoto and video studio at TIFF this week to discuss the project, in which the musical high school alum introduced a new lineup.
“It’s one of those incredible real-life scenarios that you just can’t believe a guy got himself into,” Efron said.
He continued, “It’s a really great story about human nature, love…it’s about war and a really tough time, but it’s got a great sense of humor. and I think that’s fantastic.”
Farrelly recently told PEOPLE he was relishing the chance to work with Efron, who he said “was at a very interesting time in his career.”
“He said, ‘I really want to do something different.’ And what he’s doing here, in my eyes, is that,” the director said.
He continued, “Zac is the most open actor I’ve ever worked with. A lot of times you do a scene, you go see the actor afterwards and you give him notes, but you can see they’re in their own head. , like going through it, figuring it out on their own. They really don’t listen to you. Zac is the opposite.
Efron recently opened up about a challenge he’s been facing lately: agoraphobia. The Baywatch alum opened up about his battle with anxiety disorder which involves the fear of entering crowded spaces, or sometimes leaving his house during his October 2022 men’s health cover maintenance.
“I just don’t date,” he told the magazine. “People in large groups, it triggers my agoraphobia.”
The greatest beer race of all time hits select theaters and Apple TV+ on September 30.