Is Zac Efron Too Hot to Play Ted Bundy?

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Zac Efron's latest role as serial killer Ted Bundy has triggered a backlash, with accusations the portrayal romanticises the notorious murderer and rapist.

On social media, the casting of Efron has led to accusations that the movie is "romanticizing a vicious criminal by making him seem more attractive", as one tweet put it. Some people were calling it out for presenting the horrifying real life story as a kooky upbeat romance-thriller (and "over sexualising and romantiscing" Bundy himself), while the other half were pointing out that the film is actually just portraying Bundy as he was in real life, a "handsome" man who used his charm to attract his victims.

Showing his down-to-earth side, Zac muses on the oddity of being a celebrity and says of being followed by the paparazzi: '[You've got to] stand and know that they're taking pictures and pretend that you don't.

'And all the way to the very end of his trial when he was finally found guilty, a lot of people still didn't believe it'.

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Kathy Kleiner Rubin was attacked by Bundy in her sorority at Florida State University, according to a report by Cosmopolitan.

The director went on to argue that the movie essentially turns Efron's pretty boy image on its head. "Hopefully, it'll make women be more aware of their surroundings, and be more cautious".

Ted Bundy was executed in Florida in January 1989 but his legend continues and he is considered one of the most vicious serial killers in the history of U.S. law enforcement. Belva Kent, the mother of Debra Jean Kent, who was just 17 when Bundy murdered her, told PEOPLE that it's "disgusting".

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premiered at Sundance Film Festival on 26th January and whilst the rest of the world will have to wait a little longer before the film is released in cinemas, its trailer is already making waves across the net. While no release date has been set for the picture, Berlinger's 4-part documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is now available on Netflix.

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