Zac Efron Shares How He Bagged Role as Serial Killer Ted Bundy In Biopic

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The trailer for “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” was released and the internet is curious as to how its lead Zac Efron bagged the part of the lead in such a violent film.

Efron is known for his squeaky clean roles and playing a cool dude in movies like the “High School Musical” franchise, the movie adaptation of musical “Hairspray”, “Baywatch”, “Neighbors”, “The Greatest Showman” and ‘The Lucky One’ to name a few.

The actor sat down with Variety to talk about the film and his role at the Sundance Film Festival. He said that he had initial reservations about playing a serial killer because he had seen other actors take on horror films such as his new one and felt that it was aggressive to play to “separate yourself from a perceived image.”

What appealed to him to do the movie was that the movie was a character study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, who killed, kidnapped, raped and burgled several young women in the late 1970’s. The movie focuses on his psyche rather than narrate fast facts of the murders especially to an American audience all too familiar about the troubled man and his murders.

Efron said that Ted Bundy had intrigued him and that if he was alive then he would have wanted to be friends with him. He also talks about the romantic aspect of the film and says that it’s told from a “very unique perspective.”

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” also stars Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Haley Joel Osment. The film will premiere on January 26.

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