Even before the movie started filming, Diaz found himself being extremely anxious and nervous about making the movie."Luckily enough once we started shooting, all of that went away because I could just concentrate on the work," Diaz says.
"Making the movie was kind of cathartic for me because I was able to get out all of those feelings I was having before we started."Positive things about the filming have stuck with me, but none of the negative."One of the things that made the role so difficult was despite all of the heinous things Alcala did, those who knew him described him as being very charming.
Chris Camacho | Former detective, LAPD: I was out doing my patrols. Steve Hodel | Former detective, LAPD: A Good Samaritan, a witness, sees the little girl, the little 8-year-old Tali get in the car. Camacho began frantically searching the house for her attacker. So less than three years later, Rodney Alcala was a free man again.
Thinks it's suspicious, follows him, and puts a call into LAPD. I need to talk to you." This male appeared at the door. We could see in the kitchen that there was a body on the floor, lot of blood. A.: They say a picture says a thousand words and that image of those little white Mary Janes on that floor with that metal bar that he used to strangle her with, and that puddle of blood, it just looks like too much blood to come out of a-- a tiny little 8-year-old like that. Moments later, he walked back into the kitchen and witnessed a miracle. Matt Murphy: Had it not been for that police officer, Tali Shapiro would have died on Rodney Alcala's kitchen floor. There was a lot of photograph equipment and all of us were amazed at the amount of photographs that he had there of young girls, very young girls. With Alcala in the wind, former Detective Steve Hodel was grasping at thin air. Back then, you know, we didn't have a lot of the forensics you have today. Chris Camacho: I was flabbergasted to say the least. And Alcala had no trouble charming his way back into the swing of things. And he was a registered sex offender during all of that, and nobody ever checked.
This Sunday, Alcala will be the subject of the Investigation Discovery movie ) in the title role.“The first thing that fascinated me about him was I heard he was one of the most prolific serial killers in America and I hadn’t even heard of his name,” Diaz tells in this exclusive interview.
“I didn’t know what he looked like, I didn’t know who exactly his victims were, I didn’t know how he liked to kill; all those things, I was just intrigued by it.”, which is how his serial-killer name was derived.
While the precise victim count remains unknown, Alcala is thought to have killed as many as 130 women and children before he was finally captured in 1980.
"Sadly, all these victims fell for his charms."Diaz briefly considered trying to arrange a meeting with Alcala, but after some very strong advice that would not be helpful, Diaz turned to research he found online, including the actual appearance by Alcala on "The Dating Game," which he used to fill in the spaces left by the script."I finally decided not to go face-to-face with this guy to give him any kind of excitement about us making a movie about his life," Diaz says.
LOS ANGELES — The fun part of "The Dating Game" was the person trying to blindly select a potential date — from three people who could be heard and not seen — never knew who was going to come around the corner.
They could be great-looking, a dud or somewhere in the middle.
His MO was to prey on attractive, young women, luring them into spending time with him by claiming he was a professional photographer who wanted to enter their photos in a contest.“When I first got the role, I considered meeting Rodney Alcala because he’s still on death row here in California, but then I decided not to,” Diaz says.
“I didn’t really want to go there, I didn’t want to come face-to-face with this guy.