Evan Peters had to watch comedies like Step Brothers to lighten the mood after playing Jeffrey Dahmer
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In a recent panel, the actor opened up about the success of his hit Netflix TV series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which has become one of the platform's most-viewed shows ever.
While every actor has their ‘process’, Peters candidly talked about stepping into the mindset of the notorious Milwaukee Cannibal and the extreme lengths he went to.
As he fell into a bit of a rabbit hole for the character, the actor admitted that he had to binge comedy flicks straight after production wrapped.
He said (via The Hollywood Reporter): “Doing the role, I wanted to give it 120 per cent 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 yeah, watch Step Brothers.'”
The 35-year-old also revealed that he was hesitant to accept when he was offered the role of Dahmer.
However, once he signed on, Peters was highly committed, even going as far as to wear the character's clothes and emulate his gait months before shooting commenced.
According to his co-star, Niecy Nash, who played concerned neighbour Glenda Cleveland, Peters kept his distance from the cast and crew.
She told the panel: “People will say, ‘What is Evan like?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know that man’.”
Nash also suggested Peters and her need to do 'a rom-com right after this', before Peters added: "Oh I’m down."
I mean, this we have to see.
Since its release, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has also garnered negative press for not reaching out to the family members of the victims to gain approval over the controversial series.
However, recently show creator Ryan Murphy, addressed claims that no one was contacted.
He said: “It’s something that we researched for a very long time and we, over the course of the three, three and a half years when we were really writing it, working on it, we reached out to 20 – around 20 – of the victims’ families and friends trying to get input, trying to talk to people, and not a single person responded to us.”