Hollywood: our favorite liar


Karina Duncan, Feature Writer

Having a highly liked actor in the role of a serial killer isn’t the best way to begin a film or TV show.
To show the real story, Hollywood needs to portray their story as much as they can, but they need to have a line they don’t cross.

Creating a movie or TV show about someone in a negative light is very hard for the victims and their families to see, and seeing people romanticizing these types of films makes it even worse.

What Hollywood doesn’t understand, is that the product will come out with revenue, but is it worth it knowing that you are still hurting the victims and families bringing up old trauma?

With the new movie coming out about Ted Bundy starring Zac Efron, There is a problem with someone who is one of the most sexualized actors playing a serial killer.
Growing up, Zac Efron was an idol to kids from the High School Musical movies, but now we get to see him play a serial killer?

How is this a good role for someone, we looked up to him as children portray a murder and serial rapist on the big screen?

This is a horrible way to portray the story because the viewers will only be focused on the celebrity rather than the horrible story behind the main character.

Ted Bundy was viewed as a very charming guy. I get they needed someone to fit the job, but having an actor so popular to the point where people on social media are sexualizing him is really disgraceful as it doesn’t show the whole picture of the serial killer itself.

Ted Bundy sexually assaulted and killed at least 36 women. Hollywood shouldn’t be casting actors on how “hot” the audience perceives them. Instead casting directors should be focused on portraying a story that will inform citizens of a criminal’s cruel nature, not oggle over his jaw line.

Ross Lynch from Austin and Ally, played Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, showing the serial killer living in his teenage years.

Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys. Why are we giving the serial killer praise with his own movie by presenting him with a well-liked actor?

Watching these movies made me fall into this trap, of feeling a sense of emotion for this individual when I should be upset.

A film about a serial killer shouldn’t be making the audience feel sympathy for them, but should make us feel sympathy for the victims.

Which I don’t think Hollywood does a good job at.

I’m not saying Hollywood can’t make films about serial killers and showing what the effects of them were, but they need to think about the casting of the film and how they portray the serial killer.

How Hollywood handles these films needs to be fixed.

They need to be thinking about how this will affect the audience, and what they’re portraying within the story. These documentaries are supposed to inform, not entertain.