A brewery has offered four Hollywood stars living in Australia slabs of beer if they support New South Wales in the State of Origin,
However, the brewer, Lion-owned Tooheys, appeared to forget one of the four stars, Byron Bay resident Zac Efron, is a recovering alcoholic.
Efron’s coastal enclave was dubbed ‘Hollywood 2.0’ in late 2020 thanks to the number of Tinseltown stars who are either enjoying vacations in the region, or settled there permanently.
Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron and Chris Hemsworth are living in NSW and in a new ad, Tooheys asked the quartet to pledge their allegiance to the Blues in exchange for a carton of beer.
Pictured: Zac Efron in Australia. Efron has been sober for seven years, but was offered a free slab of Tooheys on Monday
Efron, 33, became one of the first celebrities to go public about his struggles with alcohol in 2014, revealing that he attended alcoholics anonymous meetings and checked himself into rehab.
The Baywatch star has now been sober for seven years and advocates for an alcohol-free and healthy lifestyle.
In the lengthy video invitation, Parramatta Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh, dressed in Tooheys New paraphernalia, said: ‘It’s time to show our newest New South Welshmen how to be true blue.
‘I’m talking to you Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron and Matt Damon – you Hollywood A-listers who have been calling New South Wales home for a while.
‘There is something that comes with living in true blue territory and that’s backing it’s Origin team, the mighty New South Wales Blues.’
Hindmarsh also extended the invitation to ‘Victorian ring-in’ Chris Hemsworth, who lives in Byron Bay with his wife Elsa Pataky and their children.
As Blues team members kicked footballs around a field, Hindmarsh started explaining the annual rugby league competition between NSW and Queensland, which starts on June 9.
Hindmarsh also carried a stack of four slabs with each actor’s name printed on them, and asked them to let him know where to send them.
In the lengthy video invitation, Parramatta Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh dressed in Tooheys New paraphernalia said: ‘It’s time to show our newest New South Welshmen how to be true blue.’
The presenter also carried a stack of four slabs with each of the actor’s names printed on them, and asked them to let him know where to send them (pictured)
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Tooheys, Zac Efron, and Mark Wahlberg for comment.
Efron rose to stardom in 2006 when he starred in High School Musical, but in 2014 he revealed he started drinking as a way to cope with his new life in the public eye.
He described alcohol as a ‘social lubricant’ in an interview with Elle, and a way to deal with constantly being followed and watched.
By the age of 26, he was unenthused about almost everything.
‘When the only things I would look forward to was free time on the weekends and dreaded the start of a new week, I knew something was wrong,’ he told the magazine.
Mark Wahlberg (pictured) has also spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse from the age of 13
Chris Hemsworth, originally from Victoria, was also offered a free carton of beer in exchange for supporting the NSW Blues
Efron relapsed twice in the first year, but he now lives a healthy booze-free lifestyle in Byron Bay.
Mark Wahlberg has also spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse from the age of 13.
He dropped out of school, joined a gang, had multiple run-ins with the police and served 45 days in jail for assault with severe addiction problems.
At the age of 40, in 2012, Wahlberg said he quit smoking and drinking because he didn’t want his young daughter to take his unhealthy habits
Daily Mail Australia understands he is no longer a teetotaler and drinks moderately when he is not training for a film.
Pictured: Matt Damon at a brewery in Byron Bay. Tooheys asked him to support the NSW Blues