Anna Sheffer
Updated Apr 30, 2019 @ 4:11 pm

When the initial trailer for the movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile dropped in January, many viewers noted that the preview seemed to (problematically) glamorize Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Now, Efron is responding to the backlash and defending the film as a whole.

In an April 30th appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actor clarified that he did not want to make Bundy seem “cool.” DeGeneres noted that the film was shot from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, to show why so many people believed he was innocent (when he was, in fact, very, very guilty), and Efron agreed that that is the point of the movie.

He went on to characterize the film as an “introspective, intelligent” examination of Bundy, his romantic relationship, and the reasons why so many people wanted to believe he was innocent. He even touched on the fact that the killer’s white privilege helped him evade suspicion for so long.

Watch Efron’s full comments below.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile arrives on Netflix on May 3rd, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until then to form our opinion.