Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) is set to star in the upcoming film Rodney & Sheryl, a drama based on the true story of a serial killer, Rodney Alcala, who competed on and won a date on the popular TV game show The Dating Game in 1978. Little did anyone know that at the time Alcala was in the middle of a killing spree. Kendrick will play Cheryl Bradshaw, the contestant.
The episode is still all over the internet, where you can hear creepy snippets of Bradshaw asking dating questions such as, “I’m serving you for dinner. What are you called and what do you look like?” Alcala responded, saying, “I’m called the banana and I look good.” “Can you be a little more descriptive?” Bradshaw asked Alcala. “Peel me,” he said, and the audience laughed.
At that time, Alcala had murdered five women and been convicted of the attempted murder of a 12-year-old girl, but he made it onto the show because background checks weren’t used as frequently back then. Bradshaw chose Alcala to go on a date with, but stated that she was put off by his “odd vibe.” In 1980, he was sentenced to death for a murder and investigators found evidence, including hundreds of photos of women, girls and boys, and keepsakes police believed were from victims, in a storage locker. His execution postponed when California declared a moratorium on death penalty cases in 2019, and Alcala remains in prison in Corcoran, CA. Detectives have estimated he may have killed as many as 130 people.