Christian Bale Says His 'American Psycho' Co-Stars Thought He Was 'The Worst Actor.' That Was the Point.
American Psycho is perhaps one of the most divisive films in movie history. Which makes sense, considering it’s pretty faithfully adapted from one of the most divisive books of the 20th century. It’s not surprising then that even Christian Bale’s performance as the serial killer Patrick Bateman would be controversial among his own co-stars when they were filming the 2000 movie adaptation.
In a new oral history from Moviemaker, Bale explains how his co-stars originally didn’t understand his acting style as Bateman. As Bale said:
In a meta sense, it’s understandable that he would have intentionally alienated his co-stars. For one thing, this was one of Bale’s breakout roles, and his co-stars explain that his style of acting, and behavior on set, was unnerving. As his co-star Chloë Sevigny described his method performance:
But this, of course, was exactly what he was going for. As he explains in the oral history, his intention was to make Patrick Bateman into a completely heartless monster. Here’s how he and director Mary Harron viewed the character:
In the oral history, Harrom reveals another incredible little detail about Bale’s performance in American Psycho. He says that after filming the business card scene, “Josh Lucas and Justin Theroux came up to me after one of the takes and said he breaks into a sweat at the same time… every time.”
It certainly makes sense that Bale has since been nominated for three acting Academy Awards—and won once.
From: Esquire US
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