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We've heard from Twitter, but what is Zac Efron's take on Ted Bundy?

‘He was a mass manipulator.’

AT THIS STAGE, most of us know what a certain corner of Twitter has to say about Ted Bundy.

TB FEAT Source: YouTube

But what does the actor, who played the serial rapist and murderer, make of the infamous individual?

Speaking to ET Canada at a red carpet event ahead of the film’s release, Zac Efron gave an insight into his take on one of the most prolific serial killers in US history.

“He’s a very confusing and confused individual,” Zac said of Bundy who he portrays in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

I think that a lot of the things that I’m perhaps known for in my work – kind of being slightly cheesy or maybe charming some people have said -  that’s how Ted was.

2019 Sundance Film Festival - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Premiere Source: Chris Pizzello/PA images

“Ted was – he used – he was a mass manipulator and I think he’s a fascinating individual,” the 31-year-old continued.

Discussing his preparation ahead of the film’s shoot, Zac said he wanted to emulate Bundy, but was keen to avoid an impersonation.

I watched a little bit of the court footage, anything that was going to be immediately replicated in the movie, just to get the vibe of it and the feel of it, [and] a couple of interviews with Ted.

“But I wanted to make sure it wasn’t an impersonation,” Zac explained. “We look kind of similar and I think we have some of the same mannerisms, that’s just luck.”

Earlier this week, Netflix responded to the dialogue surrounding Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and urged viewers to consider directing their praise elsewhere.

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