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Christian Bale's "American Psycho" Inspiration was Tom Cruise

Posted: October 21st, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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"American Psycho" director Mary Harron participated in an interview with Blackbook magazine, revealing that Christian Bale's inspiration for his Patrick Bateman character was Tom Cruise.

"[Bale and I] 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," she said about developing the character. "And then one day [Bale] 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 guess Bale saw something in Cruise, since the inspiration took place a whole five years before Cruise decided to bounce around on Oprah's couch.

The funny thing is that in the "American Psycho" book Patrick Bateman actually shares an apartment block with Cruise, and encounters him in the building's elevator.

Source: BlackBook


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Peter Parker writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 10:22:39 PM

Aren't all psychos in the world inspired by Cruise?
fadeddragon2469 writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 10:34:34 PM

Hey Peter Parker, aren't you forgetting something else about Tom Cruise?
Peter Parker writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 10:39:23 PM

@ fadeddragon2469: lol. Good catch, buddy! Here it goes:

Tom Cruise has AIDS.
boogeyman930 writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 10:45:50 PM

I thought I read about this when the movie came out. Did someone just find an old notepad under their desk from a Bale interview?
DoucheNozzle writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 11:22:35 PM

I knew they mentioned Cruise in the book, but I've never read that he was an actual inspiration for his performance, which, by the way, is pretty damn cool.
AshTrey writes:
on October 21st, 2009 at 11:41:32 PM

SOMEONES GOT SAND IN HIS VAGINA
The Skippy Spartan writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 12:58:47 AM

'Not quite blond, more of a dirty blond!'
nope.com writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 1:53:04 AM

The movie was better than the book... but those sex/slaughter scenes are the best things anyone has EVER written.
johnny_boy writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 2:02:29 AM

i like how he mentions that patrick bateman was martian like and watched the world like he was from another planet. and bale got his inspiration from tom cruise who is a scientologist.its just funny and somewhat ironic.
James.Speed writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 3:22:43 AM

Concidering Katie Holmes was in Batman Begins, I'm sure Bale and Cruise have met. Would have been an intense meet and greet haha.
BigUnit writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 5:55:37 AM

obviously lol
ACTIONFIGURE writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:18:11 AM

Cruise n Bale in the same room?? That would be one crazy homo cage match of untreated mental problems and buried homosexuality. Let the fur fly, girls.
SACdaddy writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 11:01:26 AM

Funny, I heard Bale was Tom's inspiration for his part in Tropic Thunder:)
BigUnit writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 5:13:10 PM

i f*ckin hated tom Cruise in topic thunder.
TeemSelami writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16:44 PM

i heard toms c*ck doesn't have a head.
Ranger writes:
on October 22nd, 2009 at 7:09:07 PM

@SAC - LOL... how true!

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