First off: No, Patrick Schwarzenegger is not reprising Christian Bale’s role as Patrick Bateman in some upcoming and idiotically intentioned American Psycho remake. The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver instead took part in a recent cinematic throwback. Schwarzenegger was playing homage to Bale’s role, one of the most iconic cinematic characters of the early 2000s.
The photoshoot, appearing in the September issue of Vanity Fair, brought together costume designer Arianne Phillips and photographer Emma Summerton to reimagine Y2K sartorial cinematic glory. Others taking part in the film fashion throwback include Charles Melton (The Matrix), Addison Rae (Mulholland Drive), Keke Palmer (Legally Blonde), Dylan Sprouse and Barbara Palvin (The Royal Tenenbaums), and several other young stars reimaging Y2K films—Love & Basketball, The Virgin Suicides, Moulin Rouge!, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
In a video posted online, Schwarzenegger reads aloud the famous opening monologue from the 2000 film: “My name is Patrick Bateman. I’m 27 years old. I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet, and a rigorous exercise routine… There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman. Some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me.”
Schwarzenegger then removes a facemask, like Bale’s character in the film’s opening, and jumps rope in a reimagining of Bateman’s white jump rope attire.
The intention of the photoshoot was to honor the costume designers of the nine films—all of whom were women. Isis Mussenden worked as the costume designer on American Psycho.
“It’s less about re-creating and more about paying homage, celebrating the work of all of these female costume designers,” Phillips said of the project.
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