I’ve written more about Ted Bundy in the last two weeks than Game of Thrones in April.
Clearly his story is one that fascinates people – which is exactly why Netflix picked up a four part docu-series and why Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron decided to play him in a film based on his life called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil.
Now, this is Zac Efron, the man’s a God.
Obviously people were going to lust after him no matter what role he’s in, although some people took it a little too far, prompting this response from Netflix.
I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 28, 2019
Zac has come under criticism for taking on the role but now he’s finally spoken out.
The Bad Neighbours star admitted he had some ‘reservations’ about the role, but said this one was particularly ‘intriguing’ to him.
“Initially, I had reservations about playing a serial killer,” he told Variety.
“I’ve seen people make horror films like this before, and it seems like an aggressive play to separate yourself from a perceived image.”
Zac added he’d already seen too much “hacking and slashing” in scary movies, which is why the psychological aspect of the film appealed to him.
“This movie was really about a human being, somebody that perhaps I would have been friends with. And a love story from a very unique perspective.
“I’ve never seen that before. It’s intriguing to me. I think it’s more psychological and even more kind of a mindf*ck.”
Addressing Ted’s deceptively charismatic and attractive characteristics in the film – which have also come under scrutiny – Zac added:
“The most exciting thing for me was being able to sort of lend that Ted Bundy charisma to the part,” Zac explained to E! News. “I hope that comes across the most.”
Zac has been researching the role through director Joe Berlinger who was an ‘amazing resource’ for knowledge on Bundy.
Z-EF told WENN that the key aspect of the film is how he duped everyone around him.
“The most interesting and exciting thing for me to contribute to the movie was Ted had this thing about him, this facade, his charm, and the way that he worked with people.
“A lot of people in prison loved him. Cops that knew him seemed to think he was an OK guy. It wasn’t until after he fully admitted to everything that most of the world really believed that Ted was even capable of these things. He pulled the wool over our eyes.”
Despite the backlash, reaction to the film has been mostly positive, with some critics calling it Zac’s ever performance.
I don’t think you can really blame Zac for going for the role; it was something markedly different to what he’s used to and he wanted a challenge.
And however horrifying the story is, you can’t deny it’s fascinating, and I imagine having to get into the psyche of a man like Bundy was pretty intense.
Now I really want to see it.
Images via Netflix/Focus Features