News Muse – Tom Cruise vs Christian Bale: Who’s the American Psycho?

In Bret Easton Ellis’s modern classic American Psycho, yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman famously says:

‘I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.’

I say that every morning as I get on my bicycle and try to survive the long commute through the urban jungle while staying composed even though a white van cuts me off, an old lady who clearly has no concept of the size of her vehicle smears me up against a parked car, the dude with the pimped-up sports car turns left without indicating, and the pedestrians on that one particular corner insist on walking on red, making me see red.

We all have moments in our everyday lives when we just want to lose it in a white-shirt-with-extra-long-sleeves kinda way.

In a recent interview with director Mary Harron for Black Book Magazine, she revealed that, while preparing for American Psycho, Christian Bale was struggling to develop his character – yuppie murderer Patrick Bateman. That is, until he happened to see Tom Cruise on Letterman

The clips really speak for themselves. Sure, Tom Cruise is not a psycho serial killer, but he does possess the twitchy energy of one. And he does certainly freak me out, but at least he can take the p*** out of himself, although he gets very angry when others do it.

The funny thing is, of course, that Christian Bale too has become known for his off-the-wall behaviour on set and off set.


Speaking of psycho, a bunch of zealous fans are stalking Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson with such fervour that the two stars have to stay indoors. They’re currently filming the third Twilight instalment, Eclipse, in Canada and apart from the usual paps, they are now having to fear the public too.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson sittin’ in a tree…

Their house-arrest does sound like a drag, but then again, their fame and fortune has come about thanks to these ardent fans, which reminds me about this great blog I read last week about the ‘Robsessed’.

I’m setting off into the urban jungle now. If you’re a pedestrian, I strongly recommend you wait for the green man as I am feeling a little unstable this evening.