Why People Should Stop Freaking Out About Zac Efron Playing Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy on the stand
Ted Bundy | Netflix via YouTube

The fascination over Netflix’s The Ted Bundy Tapes has people wondering if there’s a more than coincidental connection to the upcoming biopic on Bundy starring Zac Efron. With both of these projects promoting themselves on social media recently, you have to wonder if the Netflix series deliberately posted warnings to help prepare for the eventual biopic called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Perhaps it backfired somewhat because the immediate response to Zac Efron playing Bundy hasn’t been entirely popular. Many freaked out because they thought Efron was too good looking to depict the sinister actions and mind of Bundy.

All the brouhaha should calm when they see one important source saying we should appreciate Efron being involved.

Efron and Bundy look more alike than some want to admit

Some people have forgotten that Bundy was a true playboy who used his alluring charm and clean-cut appearance to trap women into a relationship. It clearly worked, including the perplexing attraction he had with his eventual wife, Carole Ann Boone.

While all the women Bundy murdered can’t speak out now, one survivor is squelching all fears that Efron is making Bundy look like an anti-hero rather than the monster he really was.

Kathy Rubin is one of those who managed to escape the fate of Bundy’s other victims. She wants everyone to see the killer as he really was.

What has Kathy Rubin said about Efron?

When Kathy Kleiner Rubin survived a brutal beating by Bundy in 1978 at Florida State University, it was a very fortunate survival story considering his monstrous actions. Fortunately, Rubin is around to opine whether doing a biopic on Bundy is worth it when serial killer stories are almost considered popcorn entertainment today.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Rubin said she’s glad Efron is playing Bundy because of their similarity in appearance. The reason that’s so important is because it’s exactly the aura Bundy exuded when around women.

Being charmed into his orbit is what the world needs to see so no one gets the wrong idea about what was inside Bundy’s head. It’s unfortunate sometimes that similar movies don’t always showcase enough reality about real serial killers.

Presenting Bundy how he really was is a new warning tale Rubin is happy to see being told.

Will this bring more scrutiny to trusting people?

We all wish movies that seem sensationalized can bring valuable public services. Having the Netflix series and Rubin’s comment before the biopic officially releases could help women live safer lives.

At the same time, it could destroy all trust we have in people who seem to have good intentions. A lot of genuine people are still out there, but it’s painful to see people stay away from someone just because they might look too charming.

With today’s online vetting services, hopefully that trust can be established without taking risks. Even then, though, the psychological desire for some women to fall in love with serial killers may never end.

Being scared by realism

Considering Efron and Bundy are almost twins, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile should seem all the more potentially real. Far too many biopics cast actors who don’t really resemble the real person being depicted.

No doubt it’s been by design so we could remove ourselves slightly from reality and just enjoy the movie as entertainment. For a movie about one of the most notorious serial killers in history, the more real it becomes, the less likely anyone will romanticize it.

Perhaps more immersive filmmaking someday will turn movies into realistic harsh lessons about life rather than being pure escapism.