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Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho Musical, etc …
The world has been awaiting the musical adaptation of American Psycho for several years now, and in December, it will finally debut—in London. We spoke with author Bret Easton Ellis about his involvement with the play’s production, his thoughts on Taylor Swift, some valuable advice from his psychiatrist, and why the hell he left New York for Los Angeles, the city he once ran away from.
When we called Ellis at his home in LA, we caught him in the middle of brushing his teeth.
Bret Easton Ellis: Hey, I think I was just calling you on your other line. Actually, I should have been ready to pick up the phone. And yet I was brushing my teeth, and I told my boyfriend who was sitting in the other room, I said, “Pick up the phone! Pick up the phone!” and he didn’t hear me. So that’s why I’m calling you back. What are we going to talk about?
I was thinking we could start with the American Psycho musical that will apparently be coming out sometime later this year. I think in December. The premiere is in December in London.
I guess my first question is why London and not New York? This is what’s so interesting about talking to you about this. I have no idea. I’m not part of it. I’m really not part of the musical. I have a point in it, because it’s based on a book of mine, but I am not part of the creative team of American Psycho. And I’m not a producer on it.
So I don’t have a clue as to why they decided to open in London rather than go off-Broadway or however you do it. I’m not that well-versed in the theater world, so I, you know, I imagine it might be because maybe I’m more popular in the UK, maybe that title is more popular in the UK, I don’t know. That’s a wild guess. That could be totally wrong. I don’t know. But yeah, it just somehow landed that it was going to work for that theater group in London. But I don’t know why.
I think that American Psycho discusses a very specific type of American materialism. Do you think there’s going to be any weirdness translating that to a British audience? Well, you know, I can only talk about the reaction to the book, really. And the reaction to the book in the UK is much the same as it is in the US. I think a little bit better, even. There are critics of the book here, of course. And there always have been. But there are fewer critics of the book over there. And the book was more or less embraced—it’s odd to say warmly, but it was probably embraced the most favorably in the UK of anywhere it was published.
from early reviews, i hear its an improvement on the first film.
i’m looking most forward to Gareth Evan’s entry “Safe Haven”
which is a crazy cult short movie. and it looks pretty damn neat
in the trailer, also i have a soft spot for Jason Eisner (Hobo with a shotgun)
so his alien abduction pool party looks like it will continue his 80’s
style film making. i do hear the story directed by one of the directors of
the blair witch project Eduardo Sanchez ( A ride in the park) is an
interesting take on the zombie genre. the only segment i know about
is “clinical trials phase 1” by Adam Wingard. and the wraparound film
“Tape 49” I just hope is better than the one from the original…I thought
the first movie was a great experiment in just horror entertainment,
so it feels like this will be more of the same, but hopefully better.
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danny, alex and thea think the worst thing out of a movie
where creeps take advantage of a chained up person
is the part there they BRO OUT.
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HOW WOULD YOU ALL FEEL IF WE COVERED OTHER
GENRE FILMS AS WELL AS HORROR?
like “Escape from New York” or “The Wraith”?
(WE’D PRIMARILY DO HORROR, BUT THROW IN A GENRE
THING ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, ETC)
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Interesting production blog as well.