Zac Efron posts another disturbing picture of himself playing Ted Bundy
If there's one actor out there who's worth swooning over, it's Zac Efron. The 30-year-old got his first big break after starring in Disney's High School Musical playing teen heartthrob Troy, but ever since then the actor, best known for his good looks and remarkable charm, has managed to land serious and comedic roles alike; many of which reference his status as pin-up. However, in real life Zac is a pretty down to earth guy, and is a big fan of typically geeky things like Star Wars, and anime like Naruto and Death Note (at one point he was even pegged to play Light Yagami in the Netflix series, that's how much of a nerd he is).
He's got looks, charisma and talent - so who would be better to play the infamously seductive and charming serial killer who terrorized college campuses during the 1970s, viciously murdered more than 30 women, and managed to escape from incarceration twice? Yes, Efron has signed on to play the part of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in a new biopic entitled "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," which will examine his relationship with his ordinary (and unaware) girlfriend Liz Kloepfer.
Efron has already shared an image of himself as Bundy; but this Saturday he treated us to another, and shared the following image on Instagram, which shows him wearing a knitted polo shirt and turtleneck (Bundy often wore these to cover a prominent birthmark on his neck which he feared could be used to identify him).
Speaking to Buzzfeed about the role, Efron stated: "Ted Bundy is going to be a challenge. I think it's going to be different and it's going to be fun. I'm super stoked."
Elizabeth Kloepfer, a divorcée from Utah, first met Bundy in a Seattle bar in 1969 while he was still a law student. They were together for two years before Bundy murdered his first victim. The two remained romantically attached throughout Bundy's sadistic killing spree, and well into his trial and imprisonment, although at one point Bundy was sleeping with her and ex-lover Stephanie Brooks.
Bundy was psychologically abusive, often gaslighting or verbally berating the young woman, and exhibited blatantly strange behavior. Kloepfer told Bundy's biographer Ann Rule that he would sometimes Liz reported that inspect her body in the night with a flashlight to prove that she had been unfaithful to him while they were sharing a bed.
Despite this, however, Bundy never actually physically harmed Liz, and in fact he consciously attempted to stay away from her when his urge to murder became positively overwhelming. Kloepfer was eventually instrumental in helping the police to capture Bundy, and assisted them in identifying the Volkswagen Beetle he drove around when cruising for victims, but she remained haunted by her boyfriend's crimes, as did many others.
As Ann Rule wrote, "like all the others, I have been manipulated to suit Ted’s needs ... I was one of many, all of us intelligent, compassionate people who had no real comprehension of what possessed him, what drove him obsessively." Scary stuff; I don't think I'll be watching this movie with the lights off.