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Zac Efron brings 'The Lucky One' to London

Associated Press Modified: April 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm •  Published: April 23, 2012

"I was proud to have taken this role — it was a scary choice," he said. "I didn't know if I could play a Marine. Everyone you talk to would say I am wrong for this part, but you know, at the end of the day it was a challenge, and I am proud. I think I pulled it off."

According to the film's director Scott Hicks, Efron is certainly a fully fledged, grown-up actor.

"He's a hard-working, committed actor, very committed to his craft and I just thoroughly enjoyed working with him," he said.

Also at the premiere was Efron's co-star Schilling. She also had nothing but praise for the actor, whom she called a "goofball."

"It was a blast," she said. "We never took ourselves too seriously. The work, yes, but we were fooling around the whole time."

"The Lucky One" hits U.K. theaters on Wednesday, May 2. It was released in the U.S. on April 20.