There’s no doubt that Zac Efron has proven himself as an incredibly talented and versatile performer.
The 34-year-old American actor began making waves with a central role in the High School Musical movies but has gone on to showcase his skill in a variety of roles.
While he’s flexed his comedy muscles in the likes of Baywatch and Bad Neighbours, he’s arguably turned in more emotionally resonant and tender performances in the likes of 17 Again and Firestarter.
He’s no stranger to getting a bit strange too, as work in The Disaster Artist and The Beach Bum have proven.
However, audiences watching Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix have found themselves asking… was there a Zac Efron Jeffrey Dahmer movie?
Did Zac Efron play Jeffrey Dahmer in a movie?
No, Zac Efron hasn’t portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in a movie.
However, there’s a reason that some may be misremembering that he did. It’s because Zac played a different high-profile murderer in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
The 2019 American biographical crime drama sees Zac play Ted Bundy, the American serial killer who killed a number of women and girls throughout the 1970s. The Sun reports that Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders between 1974 and 1978.
Both Dahmer and Bundy have been the subject of numerous documentaries, biographical movies and TV shows.
On the other hand, it’s worth addressing that Ross Lynch portrayed Dahmer in the 2017 movie My Friend Dahmer; both Ross and Zac have worked on Disney Channel projects in the past.
‘I knew the name was synonymous with evil’
Zac previously spoke with Entertainment Weekly about tackling the tough role of Bundy and was asked what he knew about him before taking on the project:
“I knew the name was synonymous with evil, I knew that when I was growing up you would hear people reference him in an almost ominous, eerie way, and I knew the look on my mom’s face when I told her that I was considering playing him. It was not a good look, it was a very scared look.”
He continued: “I knew the basics, pretty much what our generation knows. We didn’t live through it, so that’s what’s in it for us — it’s a new story we can tell to our generation.
Dahmer Netflix series cast
As you’ll know, American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters tackles the titular Dahmer role in the latest series.
However, he’s joined by some other top-drawer talents:
- Richard Jenkins as Lionel Dahmer
- Molly Ringwald as Shari Dahmer
- Michael Learned as Catherine Dahmer
- Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland
- Michael Beach as Dennis Murphy
- Shaun J. Brown as Tracy Edwards
- Colby French as Patrick Kennedy
- Mac Brandt as Robert Rauth
- Grant Harvey as Rolf Mueller
- Matthew Alan as Joseph Gabrish
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is streaming exclusively on Netflix.