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LAist Interview: The Cast of Charlie St. Cloud

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In Zac Efron’s latest movie Charlie St. Cloud, in which he plays the title character, we get to see him brood, sail, play with his dead brother Sam (Charlie Tahan), romance a pretty girl named Tess (Amanda Crew) and take his shirt off (a lot). At the start of the film, Charlie and his brother both die in a car accident, but a paramedic (Ray Liotta) is able to save Charlie and bring him back to life. This brief crossover to the other side leaves him with the ability to intimately connect with people who are caught between this world and the hereafter. Intimately.

Given that Charlie’s story is a tragic one, St. Cloud is often surprisingly funny. When Charlie won’t give over his latest issue of Pacific Yachting featuring a photo spread of Tess to Sam because he says his brother will wreck it, Sam retorts, “Oh, I’m totally gonna wreck it. Repeatedly.” Okay, so cringe-worthy, but it made me laugh. Says Efron on the scenes between the brothers, “If you have a ghost of somebody coming back and you make it sad, that would just be, oh man, (depressing). Instead, we have the most fun in those scenes.” LAist met up with Zac and his leading lady Amanda in Marina Del Rey to talk about the making of (and making out with) Charlie St. Cloud.