Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Christian Bale (2000)
It’s old news that Christian Bale had to get ripped to play Batman, but we all know how fit that character is, and it’s, of course, been covered before.
However, an equally jacked version of Bale also turned up in the utterly insane form of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. A step away from most of the fittest film characters of all time, Bateman’s motivation to have a perfect body comes out of sheer self-absorption and narcissism (shown nicely by the hilarious list of skin care products he uses daily—not from natural ability, a desire to be in top fighting condition or even from hoping to be attractive to the opposite sex—although he clearly cares about looking good during sex in one of the film’s many memorable-but-completely-screwed-up scenes.
Bateman is deplorable on several levels, and we have little to like about his douchey Wall Street “friends” and acquaintances either. Still, the idea that a man with such conventionally perfect looks and seemingly perfect life could be drawn to such violent tendencies and hatred fascinates us and draws us in.