Zac Efron IS Ted Bundy! (Upcoming movie)

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Dudley Morris, May 16, 2017.

  1. Dudley Morris

    Dudley Morris Resident Thread Starter

    Looks like the former High School Musical heartthrob is putting some special effort into roughing up his image, something that the upcoming Baywatch movie likely isn't going to do. Check this out, from the Hollywood Reporter:

    "Ahead of the release of his latest film Baywatch, Zac Efron has signed on to a new film project, and he'll be playing one of the world's most notorious serial killers.

    "Efron will star as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which will be helmed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory).

    "Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grisly crimes. The script earned Werwie the coveted Nicholl Fellowship first prize and landed on the Black List."

    Could be interesting - I always like it when teen idol types take these sorts of wildly counterintuitive roles. More here: Cannes: Zac Efron to Play Ted Bundy in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'
     
  2. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

    Location:
    Westerville, Ohio
    Sacrilege!

    He's no Ed O'Neill!
     
  3. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Not that Ted Bundy.
     
    Holy Diver likes this.
  4. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    My wife loves Zac Efron, but says she will not see him in this. And she sees every movie he does.

    Darryl
     
  5. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    So bad.. Cary Elwes played Bundy He was perfect.. in the river man movie
    Zacky is just a kid.. does not have acting chops to play bundy..
     
  6. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Location:
    Dallas, TX, USA
    That's Al Bundy.

    Efron is too young to play a convincing Ted Bundy. They already did a decent TV movie with Mark Harmon (I think?). Never the less, I guess Bundy's story is still interesting to people. In some ways, he was a fairly unique serial killer: lawyer wannabe, escaping jail, good looking guy; etc.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2017
    melstapler and MikaelaArsenault like this.
  7. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo

    Location:
    California
    Bundy was a law school student who didn't complete the program.
     
  8. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Location:
    Dallas, TX, USA
    You're right. It's been awhile since I read the Ann Rule book. My mistake.
     
  9. pdenny

    pdenny 17-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

  10. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northern Va, usa
    Who would want to watch a movie about Ted Bundy? He was an evil man who did nothing but slaughter helpless girls. Not interesting.
     
  11. LitHum05

    LitHum05 Disco es Cultura

    Plenty interesting IMHO. Are we only allowed to watch lighthearted movies now? Ted Bundy is human darkness incarnate, but a bit of him may be in all of us.
     
    BrentB likes this.
  12. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northern Va, usa
    No, I like good horror movies as much as the next guy, but all Bundy did was enter a sorority house and murder girls in their sleep. Nothing clever or interesting about him whatsoever.
     
  13. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Sorry. I meant Al Bundy.
     
  14. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Location:
    Dallas, TX, USA
    He did much, much more than just murder a couple of sorority girls. He was described as "evil incarnate" and he agreed with the assessment.
     
  15. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Good point, but it didn't keep me from watching Helter Skelter or Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
     
  16. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Location:
    Dallas, TX, USA
    Most humans are fascinated by the evil that lurks within us. True crime is very popular for this reason.
     
  17. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    Efron is 29 - he'll be 3o in October.

    Bundy was late 20s/early 30s when he did his deeds.

    Seems like Efron's just the right age! :shrug:
     
  18. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Location:
    Dallas, TX, USA
    I didn't realize Efron was that old. I stand corrected.
     
  19. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    I don't think you're alone - I think most people still think of him as a teen/college-age actor.

    It's been more than a decade since the first "High School Musical", though, so time marches on! :)
     
    MikaelaArsenault and GodShifter like this.
  20. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Fitting - Efron is creepy as hell offscreen, too.
     
  21. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    Location:
    detroit, mi
    Hope he can pull it off.

    Great story.
     
  22. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    If they "Steve Carrel in Foxcatcher" his face, the look'll probably work. Hopefully he has the acting chops for it... haven't seen him in anything that really requires that much range (except Hairspray or Parkland)
     
  23. Dudley Morris

    Dudley Morris Resident Thread Starter

    You seem to be thinking of Richard Speck.
     
  24. Dudley Morris

    Dudley Morris Resident Thread Starter

    I don't know how good an actor Efron is, but indeed he's not a bad choice for the role age and looks-wise. Part of the thing with Bundy was that he was the last person people who knew him would've suspected of committing such extreme crimes. He even worked at a suicide crisis hotline center, which is where his future biographer Ann Rule met him.
     
  25. LitHum05

    LitHum05 Disco es Cultura

    I think it depends on how you define "interesting." Reread your post and see if he doesn't sounds uninteresting in that he is so far away from the normal everyday we encounter. Bundy may be evil, but he is very interesting as a maniac. It's morbid, but no less "of interest" to those of us who consider ourselves more balanced.
     

Share This Page