Evan Peters had expressed interest in doing something normal like a rom-com before landing the role of Jeffrey Dahmer on Netflix
Evan Peters is a well-known commodity in the halls of Hollywood for doing things others can’t; just like Nicolas Cage before him, he is fearless in the pursuit of finding the core of a character. He is best known for his roles in American Horror Story as the ghost who died years before during a school shooting, where he was the shooter; the role was dark, nuanced, and left audiences flabbergasted. He did the same thing in his most recent work as the title character in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, where he played the horrific serial killer with dedication and focus. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter Evan Peters is ready to play someone “normal”, maybe even a romantic comedy.
Ryan Murphy is the brainchild behind Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, with Even Peters in the lead, and the former revealed in the interview that he auditioned over 100 people for the lead role and couldn’t find anyone to capture the part. It isn’t hard to fathom that actors had a hard time getting in touch with something so dark and taboo, something that people spend the majority of their time avoiding.
But Murphy had experience with someone who was adept at that very thing. He had previously worked with Evan Peters on American Horror Story as well, and even though Peters had expressed the desire to go play someone normal, Murphy sent him the script, and the actor was eventually convinced to take on the role. This was far from a rom-com even if that’s what Evan Peters had wanted.
Finding the lead wasn’t the only tricky part for Murphy and company when they took on the story of the notorious serial killer; they also had to contend with the backlash from some of the victims’ families. In an interview with Insider, one of the victim’s sisters made the statement that she felt that the production team should have reached out to them to see how they felt about doing the project.
Specifically, the sexualization and sensationalism of Evan Peter’s character that is inevitable with a project like this opened the series up to backlash. However, Murphy states in the interview that the creator and one of his directors reached out to 20 of the victims’ families during the nearly four years of development without any of them responding.
Of course, Evan Peters has done more than American Horror Story and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story; he is also well known as Pietro Maximoff, AKA Quicksilver, in the Fox Marvel Universe, and with an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, by the end of WandaVision, he was revealed to be an imposter and held Monica Rambeau hostage, giving another of his characters a dark ending. Speaking of dark endings, Peters also appeared in Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown, where his Detective Colin Zabel took a bullet to the head.
Evan Peters has a career that reaches all the way back to the early 2000s when he showed immense promise and was on track to be one of the most prominent actors in Hollywood. Now that he has established himself as such, he, unfortunately, is mostly looked at when casting the darkest characters that need someone to dig deep and find that part of themselves most of us try to hide.
We think it is time Peters gets an opportunity to be in a romantic comedy with the likes of Florence Pugh, navigating the depths of love instead of death, mourning, and strife.