Jeffrey Dahmer interview: what did Evan Peters watch before filming Netflix show - what did serial killer say?

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The actor described playing the role of Dahmer as one of the ‘hardest’ things he has done

Evan Peters has opened up about playing the role of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s latest true crime series.

Dahmer. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has attracted huge ratings, reaching number one TV show in more than 60 countries.

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Dahmer, who is played by Peters, is one of America’s most notorious killers, who was responsible for the gruesome murders of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Speaking with Netflix, Evans explained he had prepared for his upcoming role by watching an interview with Dahmer, but what interview was it? Here’s everything you need to know.

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s Dahmer. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Pic: SER BAFFO/NETFLIX)Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s Dahmer. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Pic: SER BAFFO/NETFLIX)
Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s Dahmer. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Pic: SER BAFFO/NETFLIX) | SER BAFFO/NETFLIX

What interview did Evan Peters watch before filming Netflix series?

Peters went to great lengths to research and prepare for the role of Dahmer.

Speaking to Netflix in a video interview after the series was released he said: “I immediately went to YouTube and watched the Stone Phillips interview. So I watched that and proceeded to read biographies and I was able to read the police report and his confession.”

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The Stone Phillips interview took place in 1994 and was the last one that the notorious serial killer ever conducted.

What did Jeffrey Dahmer say?

NBC journalist Stone Phillips conducted the interview in February 1994, travelling to the Columbia Correctional institution in Wisconsin.

The interview is a chilling watch, with Dahmer calmly talking about his childhood, the murders and what caused him to commit such horrific crimes.

One of these includes Dahmer recounting an argument with his father who wanted him to open one of his lock boxes.

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Phillips asks Dahmer what was in the box, he replies “the mumified head and genitals of a young man I met.”

He then points to a box the crew have with them, confirming it looks similar.

This was the final interview of the notorious serial killer, who was beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in November 1994.

What has Evan Peters said about Jeffrey Dahmer role?

In the same interview with Netflix, Peters reflected on playing the role of one of America’s most infamous serial killer, describing it as one of the “hardest” things he has done in his acting career.

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The actor added: “It was so jaw-dropping that it all really happened that it felt important to be respectful to the victims, the victims’ families, to try and tell the story as authentically as we could.”

He said: “Honestly, I was very scared about all the things that he did and diving into that, and trying to commit to that was absolutely going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life because I wanted it to be very authentic.

“But in order to do that, I was gonna have to go to really dark places and stay there for an extended period of time.”

Peters paid tribute to the crew for helping him with this process, he said : “The crew was instrumental in keeping me on the guardrails. I cannot thank them enough, and I could not have done any of this role without them.”

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Evan Peters in Dahmer | COURTESY OF NETFLIX

The actor is no stranger to playing dark characters, having featured in ten seasons of American Horror Story.

Speaking about his work on the show to GQ he revealed: “It’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do.

Adding: “It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person. It’s just exhausting. It’s really mentally draining, and you don’t want to go to those places ever in your life. And so you have to go there for the scenes, and it ends up integrating it somehow into your life. You’re in traffic and you find yourself screaming and you’re like, ‘What the hell? This isn’t who I am.’

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