The hardest scenes were with the young children, like the opening scene with the little girl.You don’t really see much, but just having to shoot those scenes with this little girl and wondering what she really knows.“Of course they’ve both killed people, but Huck is a more socially awkward type of guy who regrets the things he’s done,” Diaz tells “Rodney Alcala has an almost genius IQ and is super charming and was always super upbeat and happy.Women and children were drawn to him, and that’s how he lured people into his world and was able to do all of these horrific things.But having that information about his family, which we touch on in the film, that helped me stay grounded.Did you talk to Rodney or his family or victims’ families to understand him further?
He was finally sentenced to death in 2010, but he’s actually still alive today.
How daunting is that when you’re trying to find your own version of the character? After I found out I got the role, I Googled him and read up on him all night, and it became absolutely daunting, and I started to feel physically ill.
I found myself saying, “OK I have to stop now.” I read enough information about him and saw his mannerisms — how he moved — and I saw pictures of his victims, and it just became overwhelming.
Do you think the audience will walk away from the movie feeling like justice was served?
Some people believe being put on Death Row but not being put to death is almost a harsher sentence because you have to stay in this world and live with what you’ve done, whereas if you’re put to death, you’re being released and people might think that’s too good for him.She’s playing a real person, and does she know what he does to her? The actors’ parents were there if they were underage, but it was really hard.