For fans of Evan Petersit’s his turn as the insane serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer almost felt like an inevitability. His history in the horror genre dates back to 2011 when he and American Horror Story‘s creator Ryan Murphy forged a creative relationship that has produced some truly uncanny characters. Having honed the craft of crawling over time, there was little doubt that he would be a good fit as a Dahmer. But Peters is far from being a one-trick pony. Given the opportunity to act outside of the psychological horror genre, he’s also made it big with superhero roles in the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe and as Detective Colin Zabel in the HBO limited series Mare by Easttown opposite Kate Winslet. A home run between his MCU exploits monster and the widespread praise for Mare by Easttownthe actor has proven that he has no problem playing both naughty and nice.
Peters, 35, has been an actor since 2005 but his real break came in 2011 when he became Ryan Murphy’s muse on the show American Horror Story Anthology. Working for a decade with one of the most creative and brilliant minds in the genre gave Peters the chance to experiment with several different characters that would serve as preparation for taking on the role of the notoriously haunting cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer. elements of his reanimated character, Kyle Spencer AHS‘s circle and the villainous James March enters hotel are evident in parts of Peters’ remarkable transformation.
Become Jeffrey Dahmer
From Dahmer’s heavy Midwestern accent and deliberate speech patterns to his almost sluggish, lethargic movements and mannerisms, Peters’ embodiment of the tormented soul is eerie and sinister. Admitting that taking on the role was scary, Peters recounted Seventeen magazine, it was “the hardest thing he’s ever done.” and about how he was “very scared to delve into this (dark material)”. As part of his research for the biopic assigned to him by the show’s creator, Peters studied the way Dahmer spoke and acted in an interview with NBC’s Stone Phillips in 1992 as part of his research. He even pulled a bit of a “DeNiro” and built up in the weight room to mirror Dahmer’s physique. The finished product is so compelling that the show has watched more than 300 million hours since its September 21 release date and doesn’t seem ready to slow down. It’s only secondary stranger things season 4 in English shows in the same period.
But he can also play a good guy
While Peters is right now with the success of the Netflix show, that doesn’t mean he can’t occasionally swap out his black hat for a classier and friendlier white one. He’s shed the hauntingly twisted characters and spread his wings many times over the years. He even ventured into them Marvel Cinematic Universe twice super heroic twists as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Futures Past and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. He followed with what is arguably his best performance to date as Detective Colin Zabel in mare of easttown, a performance that earned him both critical acclaim and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.
Shedding the macabre personality and embracing a charming boy next door proved a no-brainer for Peters, showing both his versatility and dramatic ability. Partnering with Kate Winslet’s titular detective character, Peters’ version of Zabel was both charming and likeable. His compelling performance as a cop who solved a years-old cold case to arrive in Easttown as a reluctant hero added depth to the Emmy-winning series. As a potential love interest of Mare, Peter’s presence also brought some lighter moments to an otherwise hard-hitting psychological thriller.
It’s relatively early in Peter’s career and with the success of both Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer and Mare by Easttown, he’s proven he can maneuver on both sides of the law fairly easily. At the moment, the world of Hollywood is his oyster with limitless possibilities. Whether you like the good Evan or the creepy Evan (or even the Marvel superhero Evan), chances are you’ll be in for a big dose of the dynamic actor for years to come.
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