It's hard to believe that Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, the upcoming biopic about the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, is just days away from being released to the masses.

Starring Zac Efron as Bundy, EWSEAV has been highly anticipated, largely thanks to all of the controversy surrounding the film. When the trailer came out earlier this year, many felt that it needlessly glamorized Bundy as more of a rock star than as a sociopathic murderer. 

At the London premiere of the film, Efron himself revealed something that people could find a little, well, troubling. According to the Daily Mail, he said that he struggled to separate himself from the evil character he was tasked with bringing to life onscreen.

Is it May 3 yet? 

That's the official release date for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, the Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron. A few weeks ago, Efron made the announcement himself on Instagram, sharing a video of a series of clips from the movie. "May 3rd on @netflix. Can’t wait for you guys to see this," he captioned the post.

In the meantime, the film creators are celebrating its recent premiere in London.

"What a night," Efron said on Instagram alongside a photo of him and co-star Lily Collins, who plays Bundy's then-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. "London showed up." 

The film is told from Kloepfer's perspective as the truth about Bundy is slowly revealed to her over time. Although he convinced her of his innocence for a while, ultimately she helped turn him in.

At the premiere, Efron said some curious things.

According to the Daily Mail, the actor had some trouble detaching himself from the horrifyingly evil character he was responsible for bringing to life onscreen. Remember: Bundy tortured and murdered at least 30 young women during the 1970s, all while he was attempting to build a "normal" life with Kloepfer, who herself was a vulnerable single mother.

He described the challenges of taking on such a role.

"I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night and it was almost impossible," Efron said. "I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t." 

Admittedly, that's a pretty heavy thing for the actor to admit. But it also gives people a sense of just how difficult it would be for a normal non-murderer to get into the mind of one of the most infamous serial killers who has ever lived.

Efron discussed his acting process a bit further.

"I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer," he explained. "I’m not in the business of glamorizing a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted, and his longtime girlfriend Liz." 

After all, the movie is told from Liz's point of view, which is often a perspective that gets overlooked in films like this. 

He said EWSEAV is not your typical murderer flick.

"It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, body count gets higher and higher and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it," Efron continued. "This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes."

The director of the film had something to say about Efron's performance as well.

"It’s a dark subject matter," Joe Berlinger said. "It’s a kind of cliché where you take someone who was seen as a teen idol, a teen star, and you put him a dark role. So he wanted to make sure that it wasn’t gratuitous." 

Obviously, that's a pretty tricky thing to pull off considering the pure horror of Bundy's crimes. 

But Berlinger also said he and Efron were able to get on the same page about what they wanted to accomplish together.

"We had a very good conversation about what I wanted to do," Berlinger continued. "Which is to send a message out to his fans, to his demographic, there’s a certain group of people for whom Zac can do no wrong, because of how he looks, because of how he acts. He’s a wonderful guy, but nobody really knows who he is in real life."

And that's precisely what made Bundy so... well, terrifying.

"That’s the hold Bundy had over people," Berlinger explained. "Because he was charming, because he was good-looking he was able to manipulate his victims, he was able to lead them to their death. He was able to manipulate the American media that made him into a hero, and a perverse kind of folk hero."

Fortunately, Berlinger said that Efron was able to pull off the role because of his talent.

"Casting somebody like Zac was the perfect way for me as a documentarian who looks for something real to bring into the movie," he shared. "Now if he didn’t have the acting chops you could say that it was a stunt, but he has amazing acting skills and he did such a fantastic job." 

Only a few more days until viewers everywhere can be the judge of that themselves. EWSEAV will begin streaming on Netflix on May 3.