'American Psycho' Could Have Starred Leonardo DiCaprio (And Been A Misogynistic Horror Film)

April 14, 2015 1:18 PM

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'American Psycho' Could Have Starred Leonardo DiCaprio (And Been A Misogynistic Horror Film)

Before its release on April 14, 2000, "American Psycho" was attacked as excessively violent and misogynistic. When a book that had been reviewed as ”a how-to manual on the torture and dismemberment of women” was being taken to screen, the backlash that had met Bret Easton Ellis' novel flared up all over again. Given its current place in pop culture, its hard to imagine Christian Bale's breakout as a once underrated film that entered the mainstream by way of scandal.

Writer and director Mary Harron attached herself to the adaptation with a clear vision of how to undermine that misogynistic understanding and give clarity to a clear satirical reading. But soon after she finished her script and cast Bale, the studio signed Leonardo DiCaprio to the part of Patrick B...

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