Evan Peters Talks About Playing Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix Series: “I Was Very Scared”

On September 21, Netflix will present the new series DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series features Evan Peters as the titular murderer, exploring Dahmer’s horrific crimes as well as the police failures that kept them going for so long. Alongside a new trailer, Netflix has released an interview of Peters with the actor talking about his search to play the role and what it was like to step into the shoes of the notorious cannibal.

Peters explains how his initial research to play Dahmer included watching interviews with the serial killer as well as reading different books about his crimes. Listening to actual recordings of Dahmer confessing to his murders was “mind-blowing” to Peters, who found it hard to believe these things had actually happened. Because there are actual victims involved, Peters also said it was important for the Dahmer team to tell the story in the most authentic way possible, which is to say not to embellish what he did. As Peters explains, Dahmer’s crimes are scary enough.

“Honestly, I was very scared of all the things he did, and to dive into that and try to engage with it was absolutely going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. life, because I wanted it to be very authentic, but to do that I was going to have to go to really dark places and stay there for a long time. »

Peters goes on to thank the show’s crew for reminding him why they were doing the show, allowing him to feel good despite channeling his inner darkness to play Dahmer.

The series is not told from Dahmer’s point of view

Because the idea isn’t to glamorize Dahmer, or cast him in a protagonist role as a way to build sympathy for the murderer, the series isn’t presented from his point of view. Dahmer’s name may be in the title, but as Peters explains, it also has to do with how the killer’s crimes went undetected due to justice system failures and other issues. .

“To get lost in that, it was a challenge trying to have this person who seemed so normal, but underneath it all, had this whole world that he was hiding from everyone else. So we had a rule in that from Ryan that it would never be said from Dahmer’s perspective. As an audience, you don’t really sympathize with him, you don’t really enter into his plight, you sort of look at him from the outside. Jeffrey Dahmer’s story, but it’s not just him and his backstory. These are the repercussions. It’s how society and our system has repeatedly failed to stop it, because of racism, homophobia…it’s just a tragic story. the story told. »

Dahmer will premiere September 21, 2022 on Netflix. You can stream the series on Netflix.com. Watch the trailer below.

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