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Star of The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: He was very scared by what he did | Digital Trends Spanish


How does one prepare to play one of the most notorious serial killers in American history? That’s the challenge Evan Peters faced while playing Jeffrey Dahmer in the limited series of Netflix, Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. In his preparation, Peters was faced with playing both sides of Dahmer, who seemed like a normal person on the outside, but behind closed doors lived a homicidal monster. Peters knew what it would take to play Dahmer, which involved uncomfortable but necessary levels of commitment.

“Honestly, I was very scared by all the things he did. Diving into that and trying to commit to that was going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life,” Peters said in an interview with Netflix. “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 an extended period of time.”

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Dahmer comes from the team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. The supporting cast includes Richard Jenkins as Jeffrey’s father, Lionel; Molly Ringwald as Jeffrey’s stepmother Shari; Michael Learned as Jeffrey’s grandmother, Catherine; and Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland, a suspicious neighbor who alerted the police to Dahmer’s behavior.

Upon its release, the series received its fair share of backlash. Eric Perry, the cousin of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, tweeted about how his family is “mad” about the show because it’s “retraumatizing” the horrific actions of a killer. Rita Isbell, Lindsey’s sister, told Insider that Netflix did not contact her about the series and believes it is “sad that they are only making money off of this tragedy.”

Despite the backlash, Peters reiterated his respect for the victims and their families, which is why the show is told from the victims’ point of view. In the end, Peters believes that this series is not about Dahmer. It’s about the victims and the organization that couldn’t bring him down.

“We had a rule on this Ryan thing. It would never be told from Dahmer’s point of view,” Peters said. “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 couldn’t stop him multiple times… Jeffrey Dahmer’s story is so much bigger than just him.

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