Zac Efron sat down with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show Thursday, and Lauer, ever the journalist, actually went there. Into the pocket.
Lauer dared to ask about Zac's Infamous Red Carpet Condom — the one the actor allegedly dropped out of his pants pocket in front of the crowds assembled Feb. 19 for the premiere of his upcoming family film, "The Lorax."
"Your name brings a lot of attention to this role and this movie, and there's something else that brought a lot of attention to this movie recently, Zac, at the premiere," Lauer said with a silly smile on his face, a hint of the pockets full of giggles that were soon to come.
"Yeah," a blushing Efron answered reluctantly.
"You want to take me through it?," asked the host.
Umm, not so much, the actor indicated. "I never really had a pocket-checking policy when I was going on the red carpet before," he said, "but now we've fully instated one."
"You dropped a — a condom on the red carpet," Lauer explained haltingly.
"That," said the 24-year-old former Disney kid, "was really hard for you to say!"
And Matt's moral of the story? "Better safe than sorry."
"The Lorax," which costars the voice of Taylor Swift and, like the "Today" interview, is rated PG, opens Friday.
Photo: Zac Efron at the premiere of "The Lorax" in Universal City on Feb. 19. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press