, to which Freeman’s studio had acquired the rights. Especially songs like with the Amateur shit you’re pulling and the best, most powerful band in existence. Up to this point, Freeman had been making a generic slasher movie with little motivation for his main character, Rachael, played by Mila Kunis. I seem to be the only person who is I have rounded up Christian Bale, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Theroux, and a fine screenwriter named Bret Easton Ellis, who is a very smart boy & has so far been a pleasure to talk to & conspire with. Just cough up the Option & I’ll talk to somebody else. Thus, we have girls tweeting about how sexy they find Patrick Bateman, the Patrick Bateman Halloween costume serving as a perennial favorite, and the sayings and catchphrases of everyone’s favorite Wall Street serial killer deployed in unironic fashion and received with fraternity style high fives.Guinevere Turner reports with dismay that she is approached by men who tell her with pride, “I am Patrick Bateman.” As Ellis himself noted, while the reactionary Right didn’t bother to read the book (or much of anything else), the Left was horrified by it and tried to have the publisher shut down.The more “radical” or “challenging” it purports to be, the more predictable it seems in truth.The result is that audiences often are attracted to characters or ideas that they aren’t supposed to be.There will be no shots of Bateman wallowing in a filthy apartment filled with rotted gore.
The spin is that the horrific violence Patrick Bateman inflicts upon women is simply a personalized representation of a patriarchal rape culture that imposes this violence every day.The bad guy who is supposed to represent capitalist excess, male chauvinism, and the endless quest for social superiority somehow turns into the hero for many Americans. The Patrick Bateman of the book, is, as Turner gloats, a “dork.” His vaunted fashion sense actually isn’t very good and his take on pop culture is (deliberately) sophomoric and ill-informed. While he enjoys certain sexual adventures, he’s actually awkward with women and at a loss for words in certain social situations, especially when in the presence of someone of higher status.His murders are products of frustration, the stereotypical “angry white man” obtaining power through violence when he can’t get it through sexual attraction or social grace.As for the protagonist, some of Bateman’s crimes are so monstrous that they had to be excised altogether.Audiences are simply not going to sit through a movie star torturing a women for days and allowing rats to feed upon her sexual organs.