a tale of a few cities

Hilarious Bit of Trivia

Posted in Cinéma by petercombe on October 22, 2009


Christian Bale’s performance in 2000’s ‘American Psycho’ is said to be so frighteningly believable he must have had some real-life inspiration. Turns out Bale studied Tom Cruise’s mannerisms to bring the clean-cut murder addict to life.

The role of Martian-like Patrick Bateman involved looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave. Christian Bale’s inspiration came from watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, ‘he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes.’ Bale was really taken with Cruise’s bizarre energy.


Read more from the movie’s director, Mary Harron, in an interview with BlackBook>


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