Efron calls it "the most terrifying moment in my life." The timing of the occurrence hardly was ideal, just weeks before the May 9 release of Efron's new comedy, , in which he stars with Seth Rogen.
The $18 million film is getting terrific buzz for the younger actor, who plays a frat boy spinning frighteningly out of control.
But it was an interesting journey, to say the least." PHOTOS: Exclusive Portraits of Zac Efron That journey is one well traveled by other young stars, with varying degrees of success -- from Judy Garland to Corey Haim to Lindsay Lohan to Robert Downey Jr.
Like them, Efron has had his travails well documented: First, he entered rehab for an addiction to alcohol and drugs last spring; then he suffered the indignity of having his jaw wired shut following a fall in his Los Feliz home, when he skidded by an indoor fountain; and finally came the March incident when his car clunked to a halt in a dubious part of town, after which Efron grappled with a homeless man.
"He passed me, and I just stopped and was compelled to say something," recalls Efron.