You favorite High School Musical alum is making headlines, but this time it has nothing to do with any of his upcoming work. J-14 Magazine reports that Zac Efron was involved in a police altercation at the World Series, Nov. 1. In the pictures shared, via Splash news, Efron is surrounded by a few LAPD officers at what appears to be the entrance of Dodger Stadium. (Bustle reached out to Efron’s rep for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.) What exactly went down during the game has yet to be confirmed, but the smirk on Efron's face in one of photos hints that the "altercation" may not have been as serious as some would have thought.
In one image in particular, Efron, wearing out in a backwards fitted cap and shades, is talking on his cellphone while a police officer has his hand placed on the actor's chest. However, here have been no official reports stating that the Baywatch heart throb was arrested. Considering his body language in the pictures, Efron doesn't look like he was in a ton of distress.
The Daily Mail speculates that the hoopla surrounding Efron's entrance to the stadium was the cause for the police officers on duty to step in, in order to stop the celebrity from being bombarded by paparazzi cameras and fans. And that would make sense. At a sports event as huge as the World Series, tensions are expected to be high. Throw thousands of sports fans representing two rival teams into a crowded stadium, sprinkle a few really big names into the mix, and there could be chaos. Considering that Efron has been a high-profile name ever since his High School Musical years, the rumor that the officers may have reportedly been trying to de-escalate a potentially overwhelming scenario for the star would make a lot of sense.
J-14 Magazine also speculates that Efron's police interaction could have just been an accident. But, in their report, they consider the theory that the High School Musical actor could have just been so into his phone conversation that he accidentally walked into a circle of police — hence the photo of the officer's hand on Efron's chest and Efron sporting the smirk on his face. That theory isn't exactly farfetched either, as the entrance to Dodger's Stadium was likely packed with fans at the time of his arrival.
Efron hasn't spoken much since the Nov. 1 event, but that's not exactly out of the ordinary. He isn't known for using his social media accounts to share anything other than cool pictures and promotions for his projects, so the fact that he has only posted a tweet urging fans to pre-order The Greatest Showman soundtrack is to be expected. If, as outlets are reporting, the World Series "altercation" was a simple misunderstanding, then it's likely that Efron will make a statement about it in due time.
Aside from what appears to be harmless run-ins with the law, Efron has been keeping busy with a couple of projects. The actor just wrapped up the musical The Greatest Showman, which is expected to hit theaters Dec. 20 and in which he stars opposite Zendaya Coleman. On top of that, it's just been announced that the 30-year-old will portray notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
It's nice to see that the star was able to take some time out of his schedule to catch the game, even if the fun-filled day ended with a loss for his home team. There's always a silver lining somewhere.