Evan Peters is taking a break from the crime world after portraying serial killers in DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and on American Horror Story.
He told Variety on December 12, “I’m going to take a little break from darker roles and explore the light. It would be interesting to me to play something that is a little closer to home, a little more mundane and to explore the details of those kinds of experiences.”
Peters won’t also be in the seasons two and three of DAHMER. According to a statement by Netflix, the next two seasons “will tell the stories of other monstrous figures who’ve impacted society.”
The DAHMER star shared about his intense preparation for the role of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and dismembered almost 20 men from 1978 to 1991. According to the actor, he did extensive training as well as dialect training and even put weights on his arm so he could copy the way Dahmer walks. Further, he had to wear his character’s costumes including his shoes, jeans, and glasses for months before getting into the role. However, all these finally took its toll on him, too.
He said during an October 29 panel, “Doing the role, I wanted to give it 120 percent the whole way through, so I brought in a lot of darkness and negativity. It was just having that end goal in sight, knowing when we were going to wrap and finally being able to breathe and let it go and say, ‘OK, 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 friends and watch Step Brothers.”
Also based on the Variety interview, the series’ creator Ryan Murphy also defended it after being listed under the LGBTQ category tag on Netflix.
He shared, “It’s about homophobia. I have a saying, ‘My job as an artist is to hold up a mirror about what happened.’ It’s ugly. It’s not pretty. Do you want to look at it? If you do, watch it. If you don’t, look away, and sometimes, some of this outrage is directed at the frame of the mirror instead of the reflection.”