American Psycho

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American Psycho is a 2000 independent horror film directed by Mary Harron, who wrote the script with Guinevere Turner. It stars , , , Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Cara Seymour, , and .

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Ellis considered his controversial novel potentially unfilmable, but producer Edward R. Pressman was determined to adapt it and bought the film rights in 1992. Stuart Gordon, David Cronenberg, and Rob Weiss considered directing the film before Harron and Turner began writing the screenplay in 1996. They sought to make a 1980s period film that emphasised the novel's satire.

The pre-production period was tumultuous; Harron chose Bale to play Bateman, but distributor Lions Gate Films was so adamant to cast Leonardo DiCaprio—then considered the world's biggest actor—that it fired and replaced her with Oliver Stone. After Stone and DiCaprio left due to creative differences, Harron was rehired and Lions Gate begrudgingly let her cast Bale. Principal photography began in February 1999 in Toronto and New York City with a $7 million budget.

Since the mid 2000s, the film has attracted a sizeable cult following, which has grown in the 2010s due to various social media platforms.



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