Zac Efron and the Talking Pimples
Rumours have been flying in movieland about a follow-up to high camp musical hit Hairspray, and news has finally leaked of a plot outline from John Waters, he who made the original 1988 version before it was turned into a Broadway hit and then back into a film.
Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman told MTV that Waters had come up with some truly bizarre ideas for Hairspray 2, which is set in the 60’s. Apparently Tracy is going to come under increased pressure to lose weight now she’s famous, and “Link (played by Zac Efron) experiments with drugs. Throughout half the movie, he has an ongoing dialogue with three pimples on his forehead.”
“Edna (John Travolta) loses weight, but sees her husband (Christopher Walken) lusting after fat women. And so, she finally breaks down and runs over to a snack table. Just within one number, she gets fat again; gaining 20 pounds at a time. Her fat pops out, and by the end of the song she’s completely at her old weight again.”
I don’t know what seems more outlandish – the instant weight gain or the idea of pimples forming on Efron’s freakishly doll-like visage.