Convicted serial killer Stephen Port, who is better known as the Grindr Killer, has expressed that he thought Hollywood stars Kevin Bacon or Eddie Redmayne would be good choices to play him in a film.
The sexual predator, who drugged, raped and killed four men that he met on the gay dating app, is due to be portrayed by The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant – who is more often recognised as a comedian – in the upcoming BBC Drama Four Lives.
Port, 46, is serving a life sentence in the high-security Belmarsh prison for killing and dumping the bodies of four young men – Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25 – near his home in Barking, East London.
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In 2016, an Old Bailey jury was told of how Port invited the victims to his home, gave them fatal doses of GHB – commonly known as the “date rape” drug – and raped them as they lost consciousness and killing them.
Ahead of his trial, Port and had written to a Manchester-based pen-pal, who has shared over 100 pages of letters with The Mail on Sunday.
In the letters, Port expresses his desire to be played by a Hollywood actor in a film – with him suggesting Kevin Bacon, Eddie Redmayne and Captain America star Chris Evans would be good options as he believes they look alike.
He wrote: “Not sure who could play me in a film, I have been told I look like a younger version of Kevin Bacon, so maybe him or Eddie Redmayne, and maybe the guy who played Captain America.”
It is reported that in the letters, Port continues to deny any responsibility for the murders.
The convicted serial rapist is also said to claim his dream job would be working on drug awareness projects for the Prince’s Trust.
The three-part BBC drama will air tomorrow at 9pm, with actor Stephen Merchant taking on the role of Port.
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Four Lives will depict his 16-month killing spree that began in June 2014.
Last week the actor spoke out, saying that the police mishandling of Port was “utterly shocking”, with them missing leads that might have prevented three of the deaths.
Merchant said: “When I first read the script I wanted to believe some of the many police errors in the investigation must have been overstated for dramatic purposes, but they weren’t.”
After the death of Mr Walgate, Port was jailed for four months after being convicted for perverting the course of justice
Police are believed to have treated the murders as drug overdoses until the fourth body was found, with an inquest last month finding a number of failures by the Met.
Four Lives is on BBC1 at 9pm tomorrow.