A Ted Bundy survivor says it makes sense for a heartthrob like Zac Efron to play the part of the serial killer because 'that's what Bundy wanted you to see'

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  • Zac Efron portrays serial killer Ted Bundy in the new film „Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.“
  • Some people have accused the film of romanticising the brutal murderer.
  • But one survivor of Bundy’s thinks this is appropriate.
  • While the film glorifies him a bit, she said it makes sense as long as people understand that what they’re watching „wasn’t a normal person.“
  • They may see a handsome charming man, because „that’s what Bundy wanted you to see,“ she said.

Zac Efron’s new film „Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,“ in which he portrays the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, premiered at Sundance last weekend.

Bundy confessed to raping and murdering 30 women and girls, although the real figure was likely many more. He managed to escape from jail twice, but was executed in January 1989.

2019 marks the 40th year since Bundy first attacked someone, but the way he is remembered continues to be complicated.

The film — and Efron’s portrayal of the murderer — have been criticised for romanticizing Bundy.

The Playlist’s Rodrigo Perez wrote that the film „can’t resist making Bundy look like a little bit of a rock star at times even though the movie purports to condemn him.“

Read more: How Ted Bundy got away with so many murders, according to a forensic psychologist

However, according to one of Bundy’s survivors, it actually makes sense that a Hollywood heartthrob should play the brutal killer, because Bundy himself was fairly attractive. Some people believe this is how he got away with his murders for as long as he did, because people were hesitant to suspect him.

TMZ spoke to Kathy Kleiner Rubin, who Bundy attacked at Florida State University’s Chi Omega house in 1978.

„I don’t have a problem with people looking at it, and as long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person,“ she said. „I believe that in order to show him exactly the way he was, it’s not really glorifying him, but it’s showing him, and when they do say positive and wonderful things about him… that’s what they saw, that’s what Bundy wanted you to see.“

She added that the movie may revere Bundy a little more than it should, but the overall message is important — Bundy was a charming and normal person on the surface but capable of awful things deeper down.

„Hopefully it will make women… more aware of their surroundings and be cautious,“ Kleiner Rubin said. „He had different tactics that he used for people to help him get in cars or do things, and in your gut you just feel that something doesn’t feel right.“

Rubin’s response to the film comes days after a Netflix docu-series on the killer (and from the same director), titled  „Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,“ was also released. 

Read more: Netflix has kindly asked its viewers to stop obsessing over the ‚hotness‘ of serial killer Ted Bundy

On Monday, the streaming service tweeted saying it had been seeing „a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would live to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers.“

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