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It was definitely a draw for me in choosing to do this movie,” Diaz says.
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.
And yet, in order to fully embody him, you must have had to find some common ground or something you could understand about him. I had no idea that he had a steady girlfriend the whole time he was doing these killings. The producers had been living with this story and this script for a long time, and they knew so much about him.
Ahead of the premiere of “The Dating Game Killer,” Diaz talks with about embodying the man and the monster, as well as if he feels justice was served with Alcala’s eventual sentence.
There is so much information available about Rodney Alcala and his crimes today.
The hardest scenes were with the young children, like the opening scene with the little girl.
But having that information about his family, which we touch on in the film, that helped me stay grounded.
If just reading about his crimes made you feel ill, what were the most challenging scenes to actually shoot?I decided after that point to just concentrate on the task at hand — the script, the movie.I had all of that history in the back of my head when I was playing the character, obviously, but I didn’t want it to sidetrack me or derail me.At first I asked the producers if I could meet Rodney himself.He’s still alive, on Death Row, and I thought about meeting him, but they advised me against it, and then I agreed with them.“To find out [“The Dating Game Killer”] was going to be ID’s first scripted movie, I felt really proud and wanted to do an extra good job in the role.