Evan Peters has managed to establish a very interesting career after being the friend of the protagonist in youth films, as seen in Kick-Ass: a Superhero without Superpowers – 76% or Never back down by Jeff Wadlow. With his passage through the world of mutants in X-Men: Days of Future Past – 91%, X-Men: Apocalypse – 48% and X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 29%, as well as the drama American Animals – 86%, without forgetting their notable participation in most of the deliveries of American horror story, was showing little by little his acting evolution.
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His development has been such that last night he won his first Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a limited series or film. This recognition was achieved thanks to his participation in Mare of Easttown – 90%, an original HBO Max series that, in the words of the same actor, has been one of his most difficult projects. Critics hailed his maturity in front of the screen, but behind this great achievement were hours of stress and frustration.
Part of what he had to face Evan Peters for this series is that he constantly traveled from Philadelphia to Atlanta and vice versa, since at the same time he was filming his scenes for WandaVision – 95%, where he played a new version of Pietro Maximoff. But there is one scene in particular from Mare of Easttown that led him to be awarded, the same one for which he seriously considered leaving the series and his job as an actor.
According to what Peters recounted on the Vanity Fair podcast Still Watching, filming episode 3 called “Enter Number Two” was quite a roller coaster of emotions, mainly because it was essential to get to know his character and his story in depth. In said episode, there is a scene where Detective Colin Zabel (Peters) approaches Mare (Kate Winslet) notably drunk in a bar after meeting up with his ex-high school classmates, including his ex, who 15 days before getting married. finished with him.
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Peters plays with the attitude of a drunkard without being ridiculous, but he also takes the time to explore his character’s pain in remembering. Peters remembers ending that scene by actually crying at the thought that he had failed to get it right.
The reason why Craig [Zobel (el director)] and I hugged at the end of the scene it was because I was crying uncontrollably. I thought we had not done well. I was saying, ‘We couldn’t do it, I can’t do it, I’m terrible. I can not do this anymore [actuar]’. The irony is that people really liked this scene.
Craig Zobel, meanwhile, recalled how stressed the actor was to achieve what they were looking for, a balance between the funny and the sad. It is worth mentioning that Evan himself included a line that was his idea, where, due to the surprise of the morning in which his fiancée tells him that she no longer loves him, he only says “Let me drop my bagel [pan]”. The filmmaker mentioned that making that phrase fit in the dialogue made them both cry on more than one occasion, but they insisted that he stay.
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Zobel also recognized the ease with which his interpreter achieved the typical accent of the suburbs of Philadelphia. Lauren kranc, from Esquire, wrote in his review that Evan Peters has achieved one of the best “drunken” scenes that have been seen on the screen, highlighting his look, his careless attitude and the way in which he uses his increasingly dense accent, ensuring, even, that it is a piece that deserves be present at the Louvre Museum.