|Mary Harron Director||previously directed I Shot Andy Warhol|
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies. Or does he...?
The single biggest production cost was the purchasing of the rights to the various songs used throughout the film.12 More Trivia
|Bret Easton Ellis||Novel|
|Christian Bale||Patrick Bateman|
|Jared Leto||Paul Allen|
|Reese Witherspoon||Evelyn Williams|
|Willem Dafoe||Detective Donald Kimball|
|Justin Theroux||Timothy Bryce|
|Josh Lucas||Craig McDermott|
|Samantha Mathis||Courtney Rawlinson|
|Bill Sage||David Van Patten|
|Matt Ross||Luis Carruthers|
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Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a rich, successful, good-looking 27-year old in New York City in the late 1980s. The story of Bateman's drive to be socially accepted while at the same time committing murders is both a horror tale and social satire.
In the film, Patrick Bateman is both a psychotic, as other characters describe him, a "dork." He is consumed with trying to "fit in," yet at the same time he despises the shallow world he desires to be a part of. His primary interests are physical fitness, music, pornography and murder.
At one point Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon was attached to direct, with Brad Pitt as the star. But after changing hands a few times Mary Harron became the final director. Under her, the film was conceived as starring Leonardo DiCaprio. But when DiCaprio's asking price ended up being more than the film's total proposed budget, DiCaprio was out and Christian Bale was in.
At the time of its release, the film gained near-instant cult status, due to its dark humor, its violence, and Christian Bale's fearless performance.
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