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But his new role as convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala in Investigation Discovery’s (ID) first scripted true crime project, “The Dating Game Killer,” takes things to a whole other level.“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.
I find him very different from Huck, and I approached them in different ways.” Alcala’s first known crime took place in the late 1960s, when he lured a child into his apartment, raped and beat her.
A good samaritan happened to spot Alcala picking up the girl and called the police, which allowed them to get to her before Alcala could kill her.
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.
I decided after that point to just concentrate on the task at hand — the script, the movie.
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.
Hopefully people will come away feeling satisfied that he got what he deserved.It was definitely a draw for me in choosing to do this movie,” Diaz says.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.Lindsay also addresses the sexual harassment allegations surfacing in Hollywood: "If something happened to you, if you feel like you were wronged, you should speak your piece.And I’m happy to see women brave enough to do that."The 1980s-set dance musical starring Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek will debut in the summer.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.