Zac Efron And Jason Bateman In Talks To Star In Jewish Comedy ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

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Zac Efron, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann are all in negotiations to star in the new movie, This Is Where I Leave You, an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comic novel about four siblings who come home to ‘sit shiva’ for their deceased father. Some of you may be aware that sitting ‘shiva’ is a Jewish tradition where close family members sit at home, usually in the family home, for seven days after a death in the family. Not ever a funny situation, but this time it has been turned into a comic novel and now a film. It is being directed by Adam Shankman, who just finished Rock of Ages, and is reportedly attracting a lot of interest from celebrities who want to be involved in the project. What do you think of this casting or concept for a film?

As someone from the Jewish faith, I’m not sure how I feel about this concept for a movie. In some ways, I can totally see the plot working and the making for some real hilarity. C’mon siblings stuck in a house for 7 days with a whole horde of skeletons coming out. I’m also conscious of it being borderline inappropriate though because ‘sitting shiva’ is a very serious concept. The funny thing here though is the casting. Zac Efron, Jason Bateman and Leslie Mann as the new Jewish family? LOL, it’s pretty funny. Zac Efron, a Jew? I’m picturing Jewish Yiddishe mothers around the world trying to match make their children with him in any way they can. I’m actually pretty fascinated by this movie and the cast… what do y’all think???

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  1. Mariah

    This book was fantastic. I read it last summer and I cracked up and cried. It has a lot of heart. I’m interested in how the actors are going to make the characters come to life on the big screen.

  2. dee

    “Zac Efron, a Jew?”

    Are you mental, or something? No, I’d really like to know, does the name “Zac Efron” sound Dutch-Scots to the average person or something? I have a hard time believing this. Obviously not every “Zac” is Jewish, but it’s an often Jewish name. But never mind. “Efron”? Seriously? It’s one of the few Jewish last names that is actually HEBREW. “Zac Efron” sounds like the name of an Israeli.

    Fine, so Zac Efron is only 25% Jewish, through his grandfather. So what? Logan Lerman looks a lot like him, and Logan is a full-blooded Jew. Tony Curtis was similar, and he was also a Jew. Robby Benson from the ’70s looked like him too.

    • According to the infalible Wiki – Zac is an agnostic, having never been religious. His surname, “Efron”, means “lark” in Hebrew (his paternal grandfather was Jewish) but this doesn’t technically make him a Jew.. I agree he looks Jewish though.

    • dee

      I apologize for the “mental” thing… it just seemed like a weird thing to say about a guy with the most Israeli name of any major Hollywood star ever.

      But name or not, it is true, Zac obviously is two generations removed from being a Jew. I think that’s why the good lord sent down his fully Jewish lookalike Logan Lerman (not to be confused with Leo Lerman… lol… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Lerman).

    • dee

      I apologize for the “mental” thing… it just seemed like a weird thing to say about a guy with the most Israeli name of any major Hollywood star ever.

      But name or not, it is true, Zac obviously is two generations removed from being a Jew. I think that’s why the good lord sent down his fully Jewish lookalike Logan Lerman (not to be confused with Leo Lerman… lol… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Lerman).

  3. Oscar in Miami Beach

    I do not care if he is a jew or a gentile,he is gorgeous.I do not care if he is circumcised or not,he is still gorgeous.Whatever God he prays to,that God made him gorgeous.I enjoy seeing him specially naked,1/2 naked,1/4 naked or fully clothed.He is gorgeous.

    • Anna in London

      I was just passing by this website and read Oscar’s comment. LOL! So so funny! I totally agree – the guy is insanely good looking, whatever he is wearing or not wearing, whatever he does to his hair – and he seems to be ridiculously talented as well. Quite addictive really, so can’t wait to see him in this film.

  4. Mike

    Zac Efron isn’t 2 generations removed from anything. His parents are Jewish and thus he’s Jewish. He was raised agnostic, which means they don’t follow any holidays or religion per say. But his parents are both from Jewish heritage.

    • beem

      Zac’s parents aren’t both Jewish. Zac’s grandfather was the son of two Polish Jewish immigrants, but he (the grandfather) married a woman of German/English descent, Zac’s grandmother, who isn’t Jewish.

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