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Precisely what happened has given rise to endless tabloid speculation, and Efron is coy about the details.
"I had a friend come pick me up late at night -- we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up," he says, without identifying the friend.
But as we sit for lunch at West Hollywood's Soho House, I'm surprised to find him thoughtful, gracious and candid about the growing pains he has endured while navigating the shoals from teen celebrity to adult stardom.
"I was drinking a lot, way too much," he says, acknowledging there were drugs, too. I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did.
He has the type of regimen that makes older men weep -- working out daily, eating healthily and even drinking p H-balanced water from a specially installed alkaline faucet. "On the grand scale of things, he's doing a pretty good job," says Rogen.
He gets ready for bed around 9 p.m., when he'll watch a movie and read a script, turning in before some of his peers even rise because "I like to get up early and swim and train." He has joined Alcoholics Anonymous and also has been seeing a therapist. "He was a child actor, and you don't need to have a sociology degree to see the pitfalls, especially as they transition to becoming an adult actor. You can see his performance was incredibly good in the movie." Efron and Rogen met six or seven years ago at the Sunset Tower, where both were attending an awards party, when Efron was riding the bandwagon.
"His character tests through the roof, and the most common comment we hear is how much the audience loves seeing him in this new kind of role," says Peter Cramer, co-president of production at Universal Pictures.
Insiders say Efron took a major pay cut to make the film in exchange for a heftier share of the back end (sources say he can get around million a picture, but he often has cut his salary to do work that challenges him).
Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting.
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I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him.
At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face -- and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight." After that, the two friends went home.