Pete Dexter, from Dexter's novel) Lee Daniels explains that Efron was not his first choice but that after meeting with him and seeing his auditions, it was plain that he was the actor for the role. He is, but then so are Matthew McConaughey (bottom, left) and John Cusack (above), both doing work here like you've never seen come out of them.
here. Now that it's available for home viewing, give it a try. Sure, it's a difficult movie: often ugly, sometime degrading, yet not for a moment unbe-lievable. These characters -- bad, good, more likely both at once -- are strong and real. Even more than his over-praised Precious, Mr. Daniels has nailed it with this one. The Paperboy hits DVD, Blu-ray, and download sale or rental next Tuesday, January 22.