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Difficult to believe, knowing what we know now, but despite being responsible for the brutal rape and murder of at least 30 women and girls, at the height of his infamy in the 1970s and 80s, many considered notorious serial killer Ted Bundy to be charismatic, charming and good looking.
So in that respect, it seems pretty fitting that the studio behind the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile picked the Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron to play the murderer - although this casting seems to have annoyed a lot of people.
A trailer for the film dropped this week, and among the clips is a brief scene of Efron taking off his shirt and exposing a... umm, well-sculpted body. Not so unusual for the actor? Perhaps.
However, the idea of Bundy being presented as 'ripped' and attractive seems to have left people worried that the film is 'glorifying' the serial killer.
One person tweeted: "I'm sorry. You can't create a rock music infused trailer for a non-documentary starring a ripped ass Zac Efron kissing on females then turn around n say 'we're not glorifying' a serial killer. those are, like, all the glory elements right there."
Aother wrote in disbelief: "They did not cast Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, what the fuck?"
A third posted: "The fact that Ted Bundy wanted to be seen as some sort of celebrity ladies man wtf ur literally romanticising a rapist pedophile murderer when u cast Zac Efron to play him or keep talking abt how 'hot' he was."
And as one Twitter user pointed out, Bundy thrived on attention from the press - something he is certainly getting now, with Efron cast as the murderer, not to mention Netflix's recent docu-series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
The tweet said: "Ted Bundy is getting all this attention now bc Zac Efron is playing him in a movie."
However, another person pointed out exactly why picking Efron to play him may just be a fantastic idea, writing: "With Zac Efron you're seeing how this man operated and how he got these women to cooperate with him.
"You're face to face with the man who charmed and duped at least 30 women based on his charm, his wit, and his way with words. You're seeing what those women saw in Ted Bundy."
Bundy was executed via the electric chair in 1989, having confessed to 30 homicides between 1974 and 1978, after more than a decade of denials.
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