*This is a great montage of some classic scenes from American Psycho. Please note that it contains language not safe for work.
The Internet is abuzz today with the revelation that Christian Bale drew inspiration from Tom Cruise to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The information comes directly from director Mary Harron - I assume she'd be "in the know" on this front! Fascinating. Here's an excerpt from Mary's interview in BlackBook Magazine:
[How did you and Christian Bale develop his character in American Psycho?
It was definitely a process. We talked a lot, but he was in L.A. and I was in New York. We didn't actually meet in person a lot, just talked on the phone. We talked about how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave. And then one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy.]
I can say, for all the trouble Christian brought upon himself with his infamous rant, that he is a top-notch actor. I'm confident that he researches every nuance of the characters he chooses to play. Is anyone really surprised that he looked to Tom in order to flesh out the personality of Patrick? It makes perfect sense to me! This information comes hot on the heels of Mr. Cruise's crazy night out a recent Scientology bash. I'd be beatin' feet if I were Katie Holmes, that's all I can say!