Exclusive: Zac Efron’s Performance in ‘Iron Claw’ Was Influenced by His Strong Bond with Brother Dylan

Zac Efron Stars in ‘The Iron Claw’ at Los Angeles Premiere

Zac Efron is taking on the role of wrestling legend Kevin Von Erich in the upcoming drama ‘The Iron Claw’. The 36-year-old actor walked the carpet at the DGA Theater on Monday for the Los Angeles premiere of his new film. Efron spoke with ET’s Cassie DiLaura about how his relationship with his younger brother, 31-year-old Dylan Efron, helped inspire and inform his performance in the film.

“I can’t say it didn’t come into play,” Efron shared. “This movie’s about brothers, at the core of it, and you know, I’m a big brother myself. I love him to death. But there’s a certain kind of relationship — it’s just the brother bond.”

The actor said that he thought about his brother a lot over the course of making the movie, and he knows that the connection in the film is something that Kevin Von Erich really appreciated.

‘The Iron Claw’ follows the Von Erich family, led by patriarch and coach Fritz Von Erich, played by Mindhunter star Holt McCallany, and his sons — Kevin (Efron), David, Kerry, and Mike. The Von Erich brothers spent the majority of their careers in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where they won multiple individual and tag team titles. The family was a pro-wrestling dynasty in the 1980s, who found both triumph and tragedy in and out of the ring.

During the press tour for the film, Efron became very close with his on-screen brothers and hopes to keep that connection strong and to revisit their chemistry in the future.

“I get a good feeling that this is just the beginning of me working with these guys,” Efron shared. “I want to work with all those actors again… I’ve never had this much fun on anything. It’s truly special and I hope I get the chance to work with everyone on this again.”

Monday’s premiere came just hours after Efron was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actor was joined at the star ceremony by several close friends and his entire family.

“I tell you what, I never dreamed that I’d have a day like this,” Efron shared with ET. “It’s pretty incredible. It’s very special. My whole family was here today and looking around, seeing so many old friends and colleagues that I worked with over the years, and [hearing] some pretty awesome speeches, man, I got kind of emotional.”

“I don’t know what I was expecting, but that surpassed my wildest dreams,” he added with a smile.

‘The Iron Claw’ is set to hit theaters on Dec. 22. Stay tuned for more updates on Efron’s journey as he brings this moving family story to life on screen.