He briefly considered taking the position but quickly became too scared to do so. The show has been accused of desensitizing viewers to violence.
In Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Evan Peters plays the serial killer and has said he “brought in a lot of darkness and negativity.”
Even after finishing filming Netflix’s latest hit movie, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Evan Peters had trouble separating himself from his part as Dahmer.
Peters, 35, talked about his role as a serial killer in a Netflix-hosted event on Saturday. His words, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, were along the lines of “doing the character, I wanted to give it 120 percent the whole way through,” so he brought in a lot of gloom and hatred.
Peters admitted he had spent months imitating Dahmer by donning the serial killer’s clothing and glasses and walking with the same stooped posture and weights strapped to his arms.
He went on to explain that he had been hesitant to take the role at first, and that upon finally agreeing to do so, he was apprehensive. The actor for American Horror Story battled the darkness of Dahmer’s life while keeping his sights set on the series’ resolution.
His mind was already set on making a comedic movie even as he acted out the part.
Peters reflected on what helped him relax after filming wrapped, saying, “It was just knowing when we were going to wrap and finally being able to breathe and let it go and saying, ‘Okay, now it’s time to bring in the joy and the lightness and watch comedies and romances and go back to St. Louis and see my family and yeah, watch Step Brothers.'”
The actress who played Dahmer’s eagle-eyed and suspicious next-door neighbour in the show, Niecy Nash, joked that Peters was too invested in the role. She explained that whenever somebody asks her about Evan, she responds, “I don’t know, I don’t know that man.”
The show has received both positive and bad reviews since its premiere and has even stirred up some controversy.
Some have said that through watching Dahmer’s work, people get desensitized to violence.
Though it received some negative reviews, the show quickly rose to the top of Netflix’s list of most-watched programs in its first week.
At least 17 men and boys were raped, murdered, and dismembered by Dahmer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, between 1978 and 1991, and the series provides viewers with a closer look at their stories.
It also shows the only survivor of Dahmer’s victims, Tracy Edwards, who played a pivotal role in his capture.
After his arrest in July 1991, Dahmer reportedly made a complete confession to investigators, admitting to a “total of 17 slayings,” as reported by The Associated Press.
First, he was accused of four counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and then a month later, he was charged with an additional eleven counts of murder.
Dahmer initially pled “innocent and innocent by reason of mental condition” in September 1991, but he changed his plea to “guilty but insane” in January 1992.
Due to the fact that he was found to be of sound mind and free of any mental disorder at the time of the killings, he was handed 16 life terms in prison in 1992.
In 1994, another inmate named Christopher Scarver fatally beat him, shortening his stay behind bars.