Zac Efron falls over doing ‘Baywatch’ run, becomes Internet’s newest meme

Hapless pretty boy Zac Efron is set to costar in a film adaptation of Baywatch. He’s pretty excited about bringing the quintessential ’90s show to the big screen—so excited that he’s posted several selfies of him after a slo-mo beach-running sequence on Instagram.

Like this one, for example, where he totally ate shit mid-run:

*think cool thoughts* run cool- hit em with that COOL #Baywatch run… *cool thoughts* Yeah, thats it- Run coooool *cool thoughts* Oh yeah, Feelin it *think coo- AGH WTF- #notcool

A photo posted by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on

Efron’s tuck and roll brought out quite a few skeptics. Many people assumed that the star was pulling the awkward card in order to better connect with his fans while also unleashing some sweet tumbling moves.

Most people didn’t give a flying fuck about his motives, though. They just wanted some dank memes.

Reddit‘s r/photoshopbattles was happy to please in that department. Here’s a whole new movie (or two) born out of the heartthrob’s battle with the ground.

And don’t forget Efron’s brief foray into sports entertainment. They don’t call it the small package for nothin’, folks.

Dude should probably throw in the towel on this one—or the cardboard.

As of this writing, Efron has yet to address just how much of a meme he’s become. He’s undoubtedly loving the hell out of it. With the mad cash he’s making and the chiseled physique he’s required to have for his Baywatch role, dude is stacked in more ways than one.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.