Johnny Deppwho maintains a libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, established himself as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Although in recent years he has been away from the big screen, the American interpreter has a long career in which he has starred in successful films, but has also rejected some good projects, such as the film “American Psycho”.
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In the 90’s, Johnny Depp It was already a face known worldwide as “The young scissorhands”. At that time, several proposals rained down on him to star in various films and one of the most acclaimed horror and suspense stories in cinema came into his hands, but he rejected it.
Is about “American Psycho” novel about serial killer Patrick Bateman, written by Bret Easton Ellis. The book came out in 1991 and quickly became a literary attraction. That is why the film producer, Edward R. Pressman, wasted no time in acquiring the rights the year after its release.
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WHY JOHNNY DEPP REFUSED TO STAR IN “AMERICAN PSYCHO”?
According to the Slashfilm site, Johnny Depp was the first choice for the role of Patrick Bateman in the film “American Psycho”, co-written and directed by Mary Harron.
Initially Johnny Depp had already gladly accepted the leading role in “American Psycho”, but a series of obstacles prevented the production from advancing and the actor decided to leave the project and focus on others.
After the departure of Johnny Depp, the director of “American Psychopath” was in search of other actors who would fit in the main role. That was how David Cronenber and his protagonist Brad Pitt were called for the project.
The project seemed to be going from strength to strength, but the filmmaker’s refusal to respect the script and story structure caused David Cronenber and Pitt to walk off the film.
Lionsgate then brought in Mary Harron to direct and suggested that Edward Norton be considered for the lead role of Patrick Bateman. The director refused and the studio proposed Leonardo DiCaprio, who had just starred in Titanic.
According to Sensacine, Harron did not want any kind of relationship with DiCaprio and refused to even meet him. She actually wanted to cast Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), as she knew he was the ideal actor for the job.
Later, Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) was also proposed for the role, but Bale convinced him to give him the opportunity. That’s how Christian Bale and Mary Harron then teamed up for the iconic “American Psycho,” which hit the big screen in 2000.