All I’ve seen in the run up to this film is how “good-looking” Ted Bundy was. He’s not; he had a shocking barnet (northern slang for hairdo) and a mono-brow, plus he really liked killing people which always makes someone decidedly less attractive in my eyes.
Yeah, yeah he was “charming” and “charismatic” – but let’s not prop him up as some kind of sexy, serial killer. Netflix has already warned people about getting thirsty over him, so take their advice.
Anyway, Hollywood heart-throb and star of epic masterpieces High School Musical and High School Musical 2, Zac Efron, is playing Ted in an upcoming film called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. (The title comes from the judge’s remarks about Ted Bundy’s murders while sentencing him to death.)
Here’s a nice lil’ synopsis: “Ted (Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out.
“That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.”
According to Deadline, Netflix will release the movie on May 3rd, with the film also hitting theaters and Sky Cinema the same day.
And recently, on the red carpet at the London premiere, Z-EF revealed his struggles separating himself from the character when the cameras stopped rolling.
“I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night,” he told reporters, “and it was almost impossible.”
“I’d like to say that I did it successfully, but I couldn’t,” he added.
He then went on to say how he never imagined himself playing the role of Bundy, who murdered upwards of 30 young women and girls.
“I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer, I’m not in the business of glamorising a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted and his long term girlfriend Liz,” he explained.
“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, body count gets higher and higher and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”
Furthermore, in an interview with Variety, Efron responded to the backlash over his decision to accept the role:
“Ted had this thing about him, this magic Ted Bundy facade. He has charm… It wasn’t until after he fully admitted to everything that most of the world really believed Ted was even capable of these things. He pulled the wool over a lot of people’s eyes.”
I’ll be watching this and all, because I’ll be required to write about it, but I can’t promise I won’t be distracted by Efron’s stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks beauty.
Much like during the Spurs game the other night. Look at him all gorgeous pretending like he knows anything about football.
Makes me sick.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.