Christian Bale Still Experiencing PTSD From American Psycho Research

Shadowing the traders he studied for the role of Patrick Bateman was/is "disturbing."
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Jessica Pressler: Remind me what your research process was like for that. Christian Bale: Someone introduced me to this group of young guys, and I spent quite a lot of time with them. I went on the trading floor, and to offices, and then we went out for the evenings, and I have no idea where we went, I couldn’t tell you, but it was disturbing. That was a lesson to me in how much people want you to be the character that you are playing. All I had to do was sit back and be quiet, and people will blur the lines between character and person. And hearing and witnessing this complete misunderstanding of the book. Seeing that firsthand, sitting until the early hours in the morning partying with people who believed I was that character. [Laughs.] JP: So I guess you’re not in touch with those people. CB: God, no. No way. Those were some of the most dangerous people I have ever come across in my life. [NYM]

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