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Zac Efron’s sunglasses on ‘Today’ cause viewer concern over health

By Jake Beardslee · December 21, 2023

In brief…

  • Zac Efron wore sunglasses during a "Today" show appearance and later apologized, saying he had an eye infection
  • His sunglasses caused concern and commentary amongst some viewers
  • Efron stars in the new film "The Iron Claw" about the tragic Von Erich wrestling family
  • This isn't the first time discussion about Efron's appearance has gone viral; he suffered a jaw injury in 2013 that required surgery
Zac Efron apologized for wearing sunglasses during a talk show appearance promoting his new movie because he is suffering from an eye infection.  MTV International/Wikimedia

During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show to promote his new film “The Iron Claw,” actor Zac Efron wore a pair of black sunglasses, which he later apologized for. As host Craig Melvin introduced Efron along with his co-stars Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson and Stanley Simons, Melvin laughed and said “Zac Efron is a legitimate, bona fide Hollywood superstar but that is not the reason he is in shades right now.”

Efron then told Melvin, “No, I’m sorry, man. I feel weird being in shades. I just have a bit of an eye infection. But I really wanted to be here. It’s such a good movie, and I want to come see you guys and tell everyone about it.”

The Iron Claw” tells the true story of the Von Erich brothers, who made wrestling history in the 1980s while coping with personal tragedies that became known as the “Von Erich curse.”

This is not the first time Efron’s appearance has prompted discussion online. In June, some internet commenters said the actor looked “unrecognizable” and made unflattering comparisons after he appeared in an Entertainment Weekly interview, according to The New York Post. The contention over whether Efron had plastic surgery was so heated it was dubbed “jaw-gate” by Men’s Health. Last year, Efron revealed to the magazine that he had badly injured his jaw in a 2013 fall, requiring surgery that led his jaw muscles to swell. “The masseters just grew,” he said. “They just got really, really big.”