How Tom Cruise Inspired 'American Psycho'

Remember how you used to love Tom Cruise, like in Risky Business and Rain Man? And then you thought he was a good actor but kind of a jerk, like in Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut? And then he married Katie Holmes and jumped on Oprah's couch and made that insane Scientology video, and all of a sudden you realized he was kinda creepy?

Christian Bale was one step ahead of you.

Bale is known for his intense preparation for roles -- like the time he lost over 60 pounds to look emaciated in The Machinest. So when Bale was preparing for his iconic role as Patrick Bateman in 2000's American Psycho, he was working hard to get into the mindset of a sociopath. At first, says director Mary Harron, he approached his character like a Martian, "watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave." Then Bale saw a David Letterman interview with Tom Cruise, and had a breakthrough: "He (Cruise) just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes."

Bale was so "taken with his energy" that he modeled his serial killer character after Cruise. How's that for a backhanded compliment?

This juicy tidbit comes courtesy of a new Black Book interview with Mary Harron . Also in that interview, The Notorious Betty Page director discusses her upcoming horror film, The Moth Diaries, about murderous teenage girls at a boarding school.

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