Zac Efron Attempts Cool With Baywatch Beach Run, Wipes Out Spectacularly

Even people who don’t know a thing about the original Baywatch series know about the iconic "beach running" from the series' intro sequence. They’re what made the series to endlessly watchable, and turned Pamela Anderson into a bona fide icon. However, not everyone can pull the maneuver off quite as effortlessly as Ms. Anderson, as Zac Efron sadly just found out. Check out the actor’s Instagram post below to see for yourself.

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As you can see from the above photo, the entire cast of the upcoming Baywatch reboot tried to pay homage to the original series by running own the beach in unison. Because it’s a Baywatch movie, everyone involved looks basically perfect and graceful as hell. However, at some point during the photo shoot Zac Efron loses his footing and takes a serious tumble head first into the sand. The caption of the photo emphasizes that the actor tried his best to look as cool as possible during the shoot, but in the end he got distracted and it proved to be his literal downfall.

Although his co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Jon Bass look down at him as his face makes contact with the wet sand, nobody involved in the photo seems too concerned about the whole thing. It’s not exactly surprising that Zac Efron would post a picture like this. Despite his heartthrob status, the actor has carved out a nice little niche for himself as a strong comedic actor in recent years with films like Neighbors and the upcoming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The upcoming Baywatch movie will reportedly take a very light-hearted approach to the iconic source material, so we think it’s incredibly likely that Efron will continue to let his comedic talents do most of the heavy lifting when the film finally hits theaters.

For those of you who might not remember the opening to the original Baywatch series, check out the video below. Just by comparison it’s clear to see that the upcoming movie has done its homework and wants to honor the legacy of the cherished series from the 1990s while still having plenty of fun with the underlying absurdity of the whole affair.

We cannot stress enough how excited we are for the coming Baywatch movie. Not only will it scratch a serious nostalgic itch, but – considering the charismatic cast – it also has the potential to be one of the most fun movies in recent memory. We will keep you up to date with all of the latest and greatest Baywatch information as it becomes available to us, the film will hit theaters on May 17, 2017.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.