By: KAYLA McDONALD
Over the past couple of decades film adaptations have been a main movie theme for Hollywood productions. From adaptations ranging from “Jackie” a movie about Jackie Kenndy, the wife of late President John F. Kennedy, to My Friend Dahmer, a movie about 80’s serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. Here’s a look into the 3 times actors portrayed their serial killer role a little too well.
Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”
Netflix film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” premiered on January 29, 2019, and quickly became a topic talked about rather largely in the media. The film highlighted the life of Ted Bundy, who was a serial killer in the ’70s and confessed to the murdering of 30 girls in various states. Zac Efron, who undertook the role of Bundy said he had to “undergo an extreme transformation and lifestyle change” to embody his role of the serial killer. While preparing for the role, Efron lost over 30 pounds in order to have the same “physique” as Bundy. Efron described his goal as “to become as frail and have a wiry kind of look.” His performance in the movie was captivating and some even said “He played his role so well, it possessed our minds into believing Bundy was innocent.”
Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer in “My Friend Dahmer”
Ross Lynch is best known for starring in a kids Disney Channel Tv show, Austin and Ally, so it was a shock for fans to hear that his next role would be to portray serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. In fact, the relation to Disney made it hard for Lynch to take on his role. Lynch said “It’s hard to have people calling you ‘that one guy from Disney channel’ when it’s something I did so long ago. I have to disconnect from that image.” To better disconnect from his Disney image and get into Dahmer’s head, Lynch watched hours of interviews of the serial killer and tried as best as he could to “pick up his mechanisms” all to give off a good performance.
Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez in “American Horror Story 1984”
Season 9 of American Horror Story, 1984 follows the story line of fictional killer “Jingles” and real killer Richard Ramirez, who was portrayed by Zach Villa. In AHS 1984, Richard has his eyes set on Brooke, a character in the season who is spending the summer at Camp Redwood with her friends. Villa says “Although the story line with Ramirez in it is obviously fictionalized, he was a real person who did these awful things.” Villa prepared for his role by “devouring” as much as he could on Ramirez saying “I watched shows, documentaries, movies, and read up on him too” Although playing to a partially fictionalized story line, it is safe to say that Villa’s preparation of the performance paid off in the season.