After watching Ross Lynch’s haunting and electrifying turn as prolific serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Marc Meyer’s My Friend Dahmer (2017), I’m pretty much on-board with Disney stars tackling gritty, true crime roles. Therefore, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Extremely WickedShockingly Evil and Vile. Joe Berlinger’s new thriller/biopic about Ted Bundy features Zac Efron as America’s most infamous serial killer.


Getting into Ted’s Head

Efron recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to chat about his transformation:


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It doesn’t really glorify Ted Bundy. He wasn’t a person to be glorified. It simply tells a story and sort of how the world was able to be charmed over by this guy who was notoriously evil and the vexing position that so many people were put in, the world was put in. It was fun to go and experiment in that realm of reality.

According to Zac, after shooting he would sometimes indulge in some spiritual cleansing. Often, to the point where he would ask friends to sage him to get rid of negative energies. But don’t worry, he didn’t travel too far into Bundy’s psyche:

I didn’t go full method … I didn’t have to do any weird stuff to anybody to get into character.

Speaking of getting into character, the actor shared a video on his Instagram detailing his physical transformation into the killer. Check out his Efron-to-Bundy time-lapse transformation below!

Last day. Don’t stop us now. #wickedcrew #setlife #NamedmywigLD

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So now that Dahmer and Bundy have been played by former Disney stars, who is next? A Jonas brother as Patrick Wayne Kearney? Shia LeBeouf as BTK? Ashley Tisdale as Aileen Wuornos? Sound off in the comments below and continue the conversation over in our Horror Group on Facebook!


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