At this point, we’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t yet watched DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix. Topping charts in the video streaming platform, the biographical crime drama narrates the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most infamous cannibalists in America.
Played by Evan Peters, Dahmer's cold and calculating personality was encapsulated down to a T by the actor, whose performance has been lauded by fans and critics alike.
In an interview with Variety, Evan opened up about the challenges he faced while preparing for the role, revealing how he “knew it was going to be incredibly dark and an incredible challenge.” In order to nail the serial killer’s twisted aura, Evan turned to method acting, which is a technique used by performers in which they put themselves in the shoes of the character they’re playing. In the 35-year-old’s case, he quite literally put himself in Dahmer's shoes and even wore his real clothes as part of his preparation to play the psychopath.
Months prior to filming the series, Evan had already started wearing Dahmer’s clothes to get into character, donning the killer’s shirt, glasses, jeans, shoes, and other details accessories he had, including always having a cigarette in his hand. To get Dahmer’s specific posture, Evan also wore weights around his arms and lifts in his shoes to embody the correct gait. “He has a very straight back. He doesn’t move his arms when he walks, so I put weights on my arms to see what that felt like,” the actor shares.
Evan then goes on to further explain that the reason for this deep dive into method acting was that he wanted all of Dahmer’s quirks to be second nature while filming. “I watched a lot of footage and I also worked with a dialect coach to get down his [Dahmer’s] voice,” he adds.
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