The Bateman Brothers, Bale, and Dawson’s Creek

Deadly Movies Connections

Here’s a little movie connection and titbit that’s rather interesting.., Patrick Bateman has a little brother, Sean. First things first this has absolutely nothing to do with American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002) or the bizarre mocumentary This is not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis (2000). Indeed this connection leads to a strange ongoing relationship between Christian Bale (Patrick Bateman in American Psycho 2000) and the main cast of Dawson’s Creek. 2002’s The Rules of Attraction was the second film adaptation in as many years of a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the first of course being American Psycho. Apart from being a decent little preppy sex romp it also features Patrick Bateman’s little brother Sean, played by Dawson Creek’s James Van Der Beek.

Interestingly the character of Patrick Bateman was supposed to make an appearance in the film. Bale was approached and declined, then in a rather unusual approach, director Roger Avary asked Ellis himself to cameo as Bateman, which Ellis dismissed as an overly gimmicky…, umm gimmick. In the end scenes were shot using straight to dvd journeyman Casper Van Dein, only to be cut from the final release. For added trivia Patrick Bateman did make another filmic appearance in the aforementioned This is not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis where he was played by Uma Thurman’s brother Dechen Thurman.

An interesting, yet completely pointless, subplot to all of this is Christian Bale’s degree of separation to the cast of Dawson’s Creek. James Van Der Bek portraying Sean Bateman, Katie Holmes starring (badly) alongside Bale in Bat(e)man Begins, and you’ll never guess who Bale beat to the role of Batman? None other than Jushua Jackson.

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