With a remarkable ability to seamlessly transition between comedy, drama, and even the darkest of roles, Evan Peters has cemented his place as a versatile and sought-after talent in the industry.
Peters, known for his performances in the American Horror Story series, has very recently received praise for his portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of this century’s most notorious serial killers in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
During a candid conversation with GQ in 2017, when quizzed about his favourite actors, he bestowed the title of the “best” upon the legendary Robin Williams.
Peters shared his thoughts on his own career trajectory and choices. Reflecting on his eclectic portfolio, he revealed, “Look, I’ve always consistently been trying to just be able to work… A lot of turns I didn’t know I was going to be taking.”
The conversation took a heartfelt turn when Peters discussed his favourite actors, including Jim Carrey, Chris Farley, and Tom Hanks. However, it was his reverence for Williams that shone through. He said, “Robin Williams is the best—to be able to do all that comedy but also be heartbreaking.”
Williams was indeed an actor with unparalleled talent, swiftly dancing between uproarious laughter and poignant moments on screen. Williams, celebrated for his magnetic energy and profound acting chops, left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. From his stand-up performances to his iconic roles in films like Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, and even the animated masterpiece Aladdin, where he voiced Genie, Williams displayed an astounding ability to evoke laughter and tears with equal finesse.
Williams’ impact extended beyond the silver screen. His philosophy, deeply rooted in embracing vulnerability and finding the humour in life’s trials, resonated with many. He once said, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” This outlook not only shaped his approach to comedy but also endeared him to countless individuals who found solace in his work during their own struggles.
Peters, who has played some of the most intense characters on television, recently spoke about wanting to explore the “light” side of things with his characters. At The Hollywood Reporters Drama Actors Roundtable, he said, “I definitely didn’t wanna play any more bad guys. I was like, not doing that anymore. And, of course, then I read the script.”
Reportedly, Peters will be next seen on Tron: Ares, tentatively slated for a 2025 release. While it is no light comedy, let’s hope Peters gets to have some fun in the sci-fi outing.