The actor appears in the Netflix series about the notorious murderer, which has divded users of the streaming service since its release last month.
Despite the complaints surrounding Dahmer’s “nauseating” gratuitous content, it’s agreed that Peters turns in an impressive performance as the killer, who murdered 17 men and boys between the years 1978 and 1991.
Ahead of playing the role, Peters was told to watch a particular interview by the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy.
The interview in question was conducted by Stone Phillips for Dateline NBC, which was recorded in 1994.
“Ryan sent me the scripts and then called and said, ‘Dahmer is interesting in that he is almost regretful and has guilt and sort of confusion about what went on,” Peters told Netflix following the release of the series.
Peters continued: “He doesn’t really have the charming, mischievous smile. He’s docile, aloof and almost disassociated from what he did.” 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.”
The interview, which is the killer’s final one, shows Dahmer calmly discussing the murders, and what motivated him to commit them.
“It was so jaw-dropping that it all really happened,” Peters said. “It felt important to be respectful to the victims and to the victims’ families to try to tell the story as authentically as we could.”
A production assistant who worked on Dahmer recently called it “one of the worst shows I’ve ever worked on”.
Kim Alsup, decried the show’s working conditions, and alleged that she was treated “horribly” and experienced subtle forms of racial discrimination.
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is on Netflix now.