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Zac Efron’s new role as serial killer Ted Bundy apparently took a toll on the actor, primarily known for his role in Disney’s smash-hit “High School Musical” movies.
At the London premiere of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” on Wednesday evening, the 31-year-old actor was asked about separating himself from his character, who was condemned for the killing of three women and confessed to killing more than 30 others in the U.S. in the 1970s for his execution by the electric chair in January 1989.
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“I’ve never played a role in that I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night and it was almost impossible. I would like to say that I have done with success, but I couldn’t,” Efron said on the red carpet, according to DailyMail.com.
“I was not really interested in playing a serial killer. I’m not in the business of glamorizing a horrible person, or his actions, but there is something unique about the way we went to the psyche of Ted, and his old girlfriend Liz,” he added.
Zac Efron (pictured in January) said this week that “almost impossible” to “separate” himself from his character, Ted Bundy, in the new biopic about the serial killer called “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is set to be released on May 3. The biopic of the serial killer is told from the perspective of the Bundy’s ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer, who is played by Lily Collins.
“It is a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, the body count gets higher and higher and oh, the man you’ve always did, it did,” Efron continued. “This is what it was like to be there on the day, we did not know whether he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”
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Last year, Efron explained that the film is not meant to “glorify” Him, or his ghastly deeds, but rather to a “deep” look at how he has his “good guy” persona to dupe people.
“He was not a person to be glorified. [The film] simply tells a story and sort of how the world was charmed by this man who was notorious for evil and annoying position that so many people were put, the world was in. It was fun to go and experiment in that realm of reality,” Efron explained to Entertainment Tonight last March.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.