Monday, November 13, 2006

Monologue Monday: "Patrick Bateman"

My name is Patrick Bateman. I am twenty-six years old. I live in the American Garden Buildings on West Eighty-First Street, on the eleventh floor. Tom Cruise lives in the penthouse.

I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet, in a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now.

After I remove the icepack, I use a deep pore-cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey-almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial masque which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine.

I always use an after-shave lotion with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm, followed by a final moisturizing "protective" lotion...

There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping you and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.
Christian Bale delivers exquisite chill right from the start of American Psycho. It's not the type of achievement that Oscar recognizes but damned if it wasn't award worthy. How many actors can thrill with narration alone?

Tags: actors, cinema, Academy Awards, Christian Bale, American Psycho, film, movies

6 comments:

Woodstock said...

I believe in some groups it's considered a major crime, but I still haven't seen this film.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Woodstock! CRIMINAL!

Okay, not really, but I love this movie. It's seriously one of my all time favourites.

(Second) Best male performance of the 2000s if you ask me.

Ali said...

I need to see this again.

etslee said...

Hmmm...maybe Patrick was just a closeted Republican?

adam k. said...

Good theory.

Allize said...

Gonna go pick this up after work, I haven't seen it since it first came out. . . Loved it then and it is only $12, score!