Jeffrey Dahmer

Actor Evan Peters stars as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series.
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‘Deep, dark places’: How Evan Peters chanelled Jeffrey Dahmer

Evan Peters has been praised for his performance as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. To channel the mass murderer, the actor had to do this…

Jeffrey Dahmer

Actor Evan Peters stars as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series.
Images via Netflix screenshot

If you’ve watched the Netflix series on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer – or plan to do so – you’ll know that the 10-part series gives insight into the man behind the murders. But the man behind the character – actor Evan Peters – is now sharing how he prepared for the role.

Evan stars as Dahmer, the Milwaukee man who was convicted of drugging, killing, and dismembering 17 men over a 13-year period. In addition, the murderer also dabbled in necrophilia, cannabilism, and performing lobotomies on his victims.

The series was directed by Ryan Murphy, of American Horror Story fame. Since its release, last week Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has broken the record for being streamed for 196.2 million hours in its first week of availability.

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It’s difficult to imagine any actor taking on the role of the gruesome serial killer. But for Evan Peters, getting into character was no small feat.

In fact, Peters was fearful of what he was taking on, and how to navigate the dark space in channeling mass murderer Dahmer.

He said in a Netflix interview: “Honestly, I was very scared about all the things that he did. Diving into that and trying to commit to that was absolutely going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.

 “I wanted it to be very authentic, but in order to do that, I was gonna have to go to really dark places and stay there for an extended period of time.”

Evan got into character by watching old interviews and reading biographies of the cold-blooded killer

He said of Dahmer and his reign of terror: “it was so jaw-dropping that it all really happened, that it felt important to be respectful to the victims, to the victims’ families, to try to tell the story as authentically as we could.”

But despite his stellar performance, Evan Peters claims the series was never about glamorising the killer’s evil actions.

He added: “We had one rule going into this from Ryan. It would never be told from Dahmer’s point of view.

“It’s called the Jeffrey Dahmer story, but it’s not just him and his backstory. It’s the repercussions, it’s how society and our system failed to stop him multiple times … The Jeffrey Dahmer story is so much bigger than just him”.

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On social media, Netflix viewers praised the unnerving and intense performance by Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer.

Here’s what tweeps had to say:

@1977WhiteRiot: “Evan Peters was superb as Dahmer, what a brilliant actor. His acting was incredible”

@Lannaam_: “They picked the perfect actor for the Jeffrey Dahmer documentary. Evan Peters is just talented”

@KevAldoori: “Evans Peters has just confirmed he is one of the best actors of this generation. Only halfway through Dahmer, but this guy’s range and acting is wild. Ever since American Horror Story season 1, he’s insane to watch”

Others have warned those who watch the series to remember to separate the actor from the role he is playing, just as Evan Peters did as Dahmer.