The upcoming film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has caused an uproar on social media. Critics are saying that the film is glorifying and oversexualizing the notorious serial killer and rapist, Ted Bundy. Especially with Zac Efron’s portrayal of the character, people expressed their concern as there are a few teenagers who view the film actor’s character as “charming and hot”.
Ted Bundy used his “charm” to deceive and allure his victims. Nobody ever expected that he was capable of such horrendous crimes but he did it nonetheless. In the upcoming film, the story is viewed on Bundy’s girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who believes he is innocent.
The film actor admitted in an interview with Variety that he had some reservations on taking the role as Ted Bundy. Zac Efron was previously known as Troy Bolton on Disney’s High School Musical and other amiable roles on comedy films such as Baywatch and Neighbors.
He broke his silence and defended his portrayal of the serial killer.
“Initially, I had reservations about playing a serial killer. I’ve seen people make horror films like this before, and it seems like an aggressive play to separate yourself from a perceived image” he explained.
On a separate interview with WENN, the actor revealed what captivated him about the role: “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.”
Knowing the immense pressure of portraying the role, the film actor “feels a responsibility to make sure that this movie is not a celebration of Ted Bundy,” Efron says. “Or a glorification of him. But, definitely, a psychological study of who this person was. In that, there’s honesty.”
Indeed, the film which has yet to be shown has sparked the viewers’ interest and attention way more than it should. It is now up to personal discretion on how they will see Ted Bundy as he should be seen. A mass murderer and rapist who used his charm and white privilege to kill over 36 women in the 70’s.