Why Evan Peters Might Not Return for DAHMER Season 2
Why Evan Peters May NOT Return for Dahmer Season 2
Evan Peterswon’t be making another killer transformation anytime soon.
The actor, who has portrayed serial killers on American Horror Storyand DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, is revealing why fans shouldn’t expect him to return to the world of crime—at least in the near future.
“I’m going to take a little break from darker roles and explore the light,” Peters told VarietyDec. 12. “It would be interesting to me to play something that is a little closer to home, a little more mundane and to explore the details of those kinds of experiences.”
ThoughDAHMERwas renewed for seasons two and three, Peters seemingly won’t be a part of it, with Netflix indicating the show is going in the anthology direction, sharing in a Nov. 7 statement that the next chapters “will tell the stories of other monstrous figures who have impacted society.”
Peters has been open about the intense prep that he underwent to play the infamousJeffrey Dahmerwho murdered and dismembered nearly 20 men on a 1978 to 1991 killing spree. In addition to extensive research and dialect training, the actor put weights on his arms to emulate Dahmer’s walking style, and even wore his character’s costume shoes, jeans and glasses for months to get into the role. But all that darkness took its toll.
“Doing the role, I wanted to give it 120 percent the whole way through, so I brought in a lot of darkness and negativity,” he explained during an Oct. 29 panel. “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 watch Step Brothers.”
Elsewhere in theVarietyinterview, creator Ryan Murphydefended the series being listed under Netflix’sLGBTQ category tag—which is typically reserved for more uplifting content like Heartstopperand Sex Education— upon its debut in September.
“It’s about homophobia,” the Gleeco-creator stated. “I have a saying, ‘My job as an artist is to hold up a mirror about what happened.’ It’s ugly. It’s not pretty. Do you want to look at it? If you do, watch it. If you don’t, look away, and sometimes, some of this outrage is directed at the frame of the mirror instead of the reflection.”
DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storyis now available to stream on Netflix.
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