Some facts about Mary Harron’s American Psycho:
- According to Harron, Christian Bale’s presentation of Patrick Bateman is based off of Tom Cruise. Apparently, Bale had seen his interview on David Letterman’s show and described him as having an “intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes.” Tom Cruise is also mentioned in the original novel.
- Many considered this a career suicide for Christian Bale, which made him more eager to take the part.
- Christian Bale followed the same morning routine as his character, Bateman, during filming.
- For each scene involving Willem Dafoe’s character, Det. Donald Kimball, Harron asked that he portray the detective in three different ways: a detective who knew Bateman was guilty, one who did not know, and one who was suspicious but unsure. During editing, each of these portrayals were edited together to, making the audience unsure of what Kimball really thought.
- Christian Bale spoke in nothing but an American accent throughout the production. Afterwards, when he returned to his nature British accent, crew members assumed he was preparing for a new role.
- Harron and Bale viewed X-Rated films together to establish the blocking for the three-way sex scene.
- The actions made by Bale in the jump-roping scene and the dance before killing Jared Leto’s character, Paul Allen, were improvised.
- The biggest cost of the film was purchasing the rights to the songs used throughout.
- All of the view-able business cards read “Vice President.”
- Several designer labels refused to let Christian Bale wear their attired while murdering someone (Cerruti, Rolex, Calvin Klein, and Comme des Garcons.)
- The confession Bateman makes to his lawyer over the phone are events that took place in the novel, not the film.
- In the closing scene, a sign reading “this is not an exit” is shown. “This is not an exit” is also the last phrase of the novel.
- Gloria Steinem spoke out against Leonardo DiCaprio performing in the film, ironically, as she would later become Bale’s stepmother.
- The whooshing of the business card was made by slowing down the sound of a sword being drawn from a sheath.
- The only parts of the film author Bret Easton Ellis didn’t approve of was the dancing and voice-over during Paul Allen’s death scene, as he though it was too explicit.
- The choice of directors and cast members changed various times after Lion’s Gate acquired the film rights to American Psycho.
- While working out at home, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre plays on Bateman’s television.
- The film was initially given an NC-17 rating, but later rated R after some scenes were trimmed.
- Guinevere Turner, who played Bateman’s friend Elizabeth, wrote the film’s screenplay.
- Many of the films city scenes were filmed in Toronto, Canada.
- Billy Crudup, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Ben Chaplin, Robert Sean Leonard, Johnathan Schaech, Jonny Lee Miller, Jared Leto, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt were all at least considered for the role of Bateman.
- The phrase, “Rockin’ and Rollin’ and whatever…” said by Bateman, is also used by his younger brother, Sean Bateman, who makes a short appearance in American Psycho and more prominently in ”The Rules of Attraction” by Bret Easton Ellis.
- The pornos Bateman watches are White Angel and Red Vibe Diaries: Object of Desire, respectively.
- Lobbying Canadians protested the film before shooting began in Canada.
- Both Christian Bale and Willem Dafoe have played Jesus in previous films.
- The character Bateman works at the same firm as Sherman McCoy, played by Tom Hanks in The Bonfire of the Vanities.