What's the Difference between American Psycho the Book and American Psycho the Movie?


American Psycho

Released: 1995
Author: Ellis, Bret Easton

American Psycho

Released: 2000
Director: Harron, Mary
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In the Book In the Movie
Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman
Portrayed by: Christian Bale
Portrayed by: Chloë Sevigny
Paul Owen
Paul Allen
Portrayed by: Jared Leto
Evelyn Richards
Evelyn Williams
Portrayed by: Reese Witherspoon
Portrayed by: Cara Seymour
Donald Kimball
Donald Kimball
Portrayed by: Willem Dafoe
Sean Bateman
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American Psycho Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Donald Kimball is a young detective, almost at the same age as Patrick (26) Donald Kimball is portrait by Willem Dafoe, turning him into an older character
   Patrick reunites with his ex-girlfriend Bethany for lunch, back at his place Patrick kills her with Mace, stabs and bites her fingers off At the end Patrick calls his lawyer and tells him that he killed her with a nail gun
   There are 3 chapters that only talk about musicians: Genesis, Whitney Houston and Huey Lewis and the News Before killing someone, Patrick gives a monologue paraphrasing some of the chapters
   Patrick uses a Rolex watch; during the sex scene with Christie and the other prostitute, he tells them: "Don't touch the Rolex" Rolex licence of use wasn't extended to Patrick himself, so in the same scene the line was changed to : "Don't touch the watch"
   Patrick goes to the zoo, where he kills a little boy with a slice to the neck, he enjoys it for a moment but later he feels dissatisfied This never happens

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