Chloe Sevigny and Christian Bale in American Psycho

Christian Bale Avoided the Other American Psycho Actors

Chris Rock and Christian Bale in Amsterdam

Chris Rock and Christian Bale in Amsterdam

Chloe Sevigny recalled: “Working with Christian was pretty hard because I didn’t know this whole Method thing. I was pretty fresh. I hadn’t done that many films before, and that an actor would lose himself to such a degree and was so consumed by the part, I was having a hard time kind of… just wanting to socialize with him, but feeling that he didn’t, and then my ego being like, ‘Does he not like me? Does he think I’m a terrible actress?’” She wasn’t alone. Guinevere Turner, who co-wrote the film with Harron and plays Elizabeth: “He was just so 100 percent committed as an actor to being this character, to a disturbing point. He never spoke in his real accent and he never socialized with anyone while we were shooting.”

Bale confirms he kept to himself: “Yeah. I start laughing if I know people too well. I start laughing in the middle of scenes. Especially with a character like that.” Interestingly, Bale may still continue that approach: He told IndieWire that he had to stop hanging out with Chris Rock on the set of his last film, Amsterdam: “Chris is so bloody funny and I found that I couldn’t act, because I was just becoming Christian laughing at Chris Rock.” When shooting wrapped, Sevigny met the real Bale: “When we were not shooting, doing press and stuff, he couldn’t have been a nicer guy,” she said.

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