Long before "Avengers" he made one of the film's first portraits of the infamous serial killer.
The currently streaming miniseries "Dahmer - Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer" has made the whole world re-discover and horrify one of America's worst serial killers. Eva Peters is well deserved for his role, but he was not the first to take on the complex and unpleasant character.
Already in 2002 came the first feature film about Jeff Dahmer. Then you could see a relatively unknown 30-year-old Jeremy Renner, who until then has had mostly guest roles in television series.
The daring lead in David Jacobson's "Dahmer" became something of a breakthrough that made critics and the film industry aware of Renner, and has led him to greater roles - in both Oscar-nominated films and successful blockbusters. The trailer for "Dahmer" shows us several nasty scenes that are recognized by Netflix's own drama series - including how Jeff drugs his victims and how a young boy tries to escape from his apartment.
I liked that the movie focused more on his mind. It was interesting. We are different people depending on who we meet. How would Jeffrey be when he is home alone? When he hangs on a gay bar? When he's in his apartment with a guy? Or hang out with grandma, or his dad? We got to explore different sides of his personality.
- Jeremy Renner
The film received good reviews and has 73% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience was a little less positive as the average rating at IMDb is 5.6. Unfortunately.