Bale's American Psycho Inspiration: Tom Cruise

Cruise's lifeless eyes impressed Christian Bale as he studied serial killer role
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2009 8:39 AM CDT
4/26/99 Westwood, CA. Christian Bale at the premiere of his new movie, 'William Shakespear's A Midsummer Night's Dream.'   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – To capture the "Martian-like" behavior of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Christian Bale studied a fellow Hollywooder with a well-publicized belief in aliens, says director Mary Harron: Tom Cruise. Bale-as-Bateman looked at the world "like somebody from another planet," she tells BlackBook."One day he called me and he had been watching Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy."