Can you picture Leonardo DiCaprio as axe-wielding psycho Patrick Bateman? For a minute there, it almost happened.
"But [director] Mary Harron told me: 'Leo will never do the movie,' so wait it out. She was right."
Instead, they went with Christian Bale, "who wasn't yet a big star, wanted to do it," Pressman recalled. That worked out pretty well, with the film helping cement Bale's status as one of the best actors of his generation.
Leo went on to make "The Beach" instead, which earned him his first and only Razzie nomination. Oops.
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster. Read More