No job is easy 100% of the time, and being a big-time Hollywood actor is no exception. Sure, there's plenty of perks, money, and adoration involved, but a lot of actors find themselves taking on incredibly difficult roles throughout their career, and some of these roles can take a MAJOR toll on their mental health. You probably know by now that Zac Efron will be starring in an upcoming Netflix film, but what you may not know is that Zac Efron admitted Ted Bundy is the hardest role he's ever played.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is the name of the film, and it tells the story of the notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy. For some reason, a lot of regular people are totally obsessed with the troubled lives and stories of gruesome murderers, hence the creation of shows like The Ted Bundy Tapes or movies like My Friend Dahmer.
When you see Zac Efron in costume as Bundy, there's no denying that an uncanny resemblance exists between the two - it's kind of terrifying to know that the same guy who starred in High School Musical can portray a serial killer just as well, tbh. As an actor, a big part of the job is being able to separate the character your playing from your home life, but Efron said that with Bundy, that was no easy feat.
"I'd like to say that I did it successfully, but I couldn't. I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer, I’m not in the business of glamorizing a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted, and his longtime girlfriend Liz."
Lily Collins, who played Bundy's girlfriend Liz in the film also admitted that she had constant nightmares during filming, so obviously, this film wasn't an easy task for anyone involved. Director of the film, Joe Berlinger, said that Efron was hesitant about taking on the film, but he definitely made the right decision.
"It’s a dark subject matter. It’s a kind of cliché where you take someone who was seen as a teen idol, a teen star, and you put him a dark role. So he wanted to make sure that it wasn’t gratuitous," Berlinger said.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be available for streaming on Netflix on May 3rd. You can check out the trailer below: