Evan Peters needed to go to a darkish place to play the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer ― and he wanted somewhat assist from one among his Netflix co-stars to return to “the light.”
In a solid interview shared by the streaming service on Monday, the star of Ryan Murphy’s controversial “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” revealed how tough it was each to get into character and to “shake it all off.”
“I put in so much negativity and darkness to portray the character that I thought, ‘OK, once this is done, all of that goes away and I have to get back into the light and start filling myself back up with comedies and romance and sorts of things like that,’” Peters mentioned Monday.
A kind of comedies was the 2008 movie “Step Brothers,” that includes none apart from his “Dahmer” solid mate Richard Jenkins.
In preparation for his “Dahmer” function, the 35-year-old Peters mentioned he “watched as much as I could” of the infamous assassin, together with courtroom footage.
“He has such a distinct voice and that dialect,” Peters mentioned. “I worked with dialect coaches and then created this 45-minute audio composite that I listened to every day to stay in the accent, but also to really get into the mindset for the day and all the scenes we were shooting.”
The sequence turned one among Netflix’s most considered ever after it debuted in late September, garnering each acclaim and criticism for its accuracy. The true-life Dahmer, generally known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” murdered 17 males and boys from 1978 to 1991 — largely Black and homosexual — and ate a few of their corpses. He died in 1994 after being crushed in jail.
“I tried to attempt to understand what he was thinking and going through,” Peters mentioned in the course of the solid dialog. “I just tried to stay in it because it was too hard to go in and out of it.”
Peters added that he “studied how he moved” and that Dahmer “didn’t move his arms when he walked.” The actor famous the killer’s “very straight back” and wore weights on his fingers to attempt to re-create his gait, in an effort to “understand” Dahmer.
“It was important for me to get how that felt,” mentioned Peters. “As we were shooting, I let that go. In the beginning I wore wardrobe’s shoes, jeans and glasses. I had a cigarette in my hand at all times, just trying to get all of these external, second-nature [things], so I wasn’t thinking about it when we were shooting.”
Murphy beforehand mentioned he created the 10-episode sequence to “shine a spotlight on the as-yet untold stories of Dahmer’s victims,” but it surely has since been criticized by a few of their households for exploiting their trauma. Even Simone Biles, the star gymnast, urged folks to not glorify the serial killer.
The sequence spurred additional backlash for being listed beneath Netflix’s LGBTQ class.