Even though none of the cast of the ‘Hairspray’ film appeared in NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’ musical event, that didn’t stop Zac Efron’s legion of fans from mourning his absence. Keep reading for how the Twittersphere exploded with grief that he wasn’t Link Larkin in the Dec. 7 production.
Poor Garrett Clayton! The 25-year-old hottie got the biggest break of his career starring as Link Larkin in NBC’s Hairspray Live! musical event Dec. 7, but he got no love from fans who were desperately missing Zac Efron‘s portrayal from the 2007 film. The 29-year-old actor’s legion of ladies and some gents were comparing Garrett to a “dollar store Zac” among other cruel taunts, while bemoaning why the Neighbors star wasn’t on their TV screens.
We have to break it to them, but NO ONE from the 2007 movie was cast in the 2016 TV special. While Zac playing heartthrob Link is an incredibly hard act to top, we think Garrett did a terrific job with the part. Time moves on and Zac is in a totally different place right now, playing Matt Brody in the highly anticipated and incredibly shirtless new Baywatch movie. He’s way too buffed up and no longer baby faced enough to play Link anymore, but that didn’t stop everyone from saying that the role is iconically his.
His fans were so vocal about it they took to Twitter in masses, causing Zac’s name to trend higher than any of the actual stars of the Hairspray Live! musical while it was airing! Garrett really gave it his all, but so many viewers’ minds were thinking about Zac in the role that they just couldn’t get over someone else playing the part! Keep reading for the mournful tweets:
Been catching up on #HairsprayLive and it's somehow thoroughly entertaining. But no Zac Efron as Link is the only bad part about it.
— Andrew Collet (@AndrewCollet) December 8, 2016
— Jenni (@Jenni_Marie8819) December 8, 2016
NOBODY! BUT NOBODY CAN BEAT "Zac Efron" AS LINK LARKIN! THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE! #HairsprayLive
— Sarillybeth (@lovelycreative1) December 8, 2016
— Lizzie (@obsessedolan) December 8, 2016
Nobody will ever beat Zac Efron as Link Larkin I really don't care what anybody says #HairsprayLive
— Rach 🎄 (@rachelmariee77) December 8, 2016
Y'all get this dollar store zac efron out of here 😭 I'm trying to watch but I just keep waiting for Zac to come out😭❤️ #HairsprayLive
— Kelsie Walker (@KelsieWalker2) December 8, 2016
Where is Zac Efron when you need him
— kelpy (@kelseybuckles) December 8, 2016
— Paige Umholtz (@paigeumholtzzz) December 8, 2016
— Brittany Butler (@ibrittanybutler) December 8, 2016
HollywoodLifers, do you think Garrett did a good job playing Link? Or were you missing Zac the entire time during Hairspray Live!?