I kind of pictured him as a pied piper: people wanted to be around him and follow him.
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.
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?
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.
He had a very codependent, dysfunctional relationship with his mother, and it’s known he had a very dysfunctional relationship with his father, who abused him verbally and physically, so that kind of helped me get into his skin. He’s a monster, as well, but he is also a person that was hurt by someone else.
It doesn’t justify the killings — we’ve all been through horrible things with our families or just s— that we go through, and we don’t go out and kill people — he’s still a very disturbed person.
“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.