So the next movie on our list of must sees’ was “American Psycho”. I had really not heard a thing about this movie but since I have an unhealthy obsession with seeing movies that were adapted from books I was quick to want to see it. The basic premise of the movie is: It’s about a upperclass NY man Patrick Bateman who works on Wall Street and is the shining example of a Yuppie. At the start of the movie the guy seems a bit odd but otherwise pretty harmless. However , as the movie goes on his “mask of insanity” starts to slip and he begins committing murders that range from killing a dog to twisted sexual abuse. This movie really got to me because it show the effect society can have on people and how some people “Just want to fit in” as Bateman says and how detrimental that can really be.
I was looking on a forum about this movie and I can across this snip it from a magazine:
FROM SALON MAGAZINE:
Salon: Were you secretly smiling about the irony of the despicable character being named “Paul Allen” – the co-founder of Microsoft?
Harron: That was the worst thing that happened. They wouldn’t let me use “Paul Owen.”
Salon: Who is “they?”
Harron: The legal department of Lion’s Gate. They said, “There’s a Paul Owen in the New York phone book, and he won’t give us permission to use his name.” Which was ridiculous. So they gave me a list of names and I said, “Oh. Well, Allen sounds like Owen.” I must have been the only person in the world who didn’t know who Paul Allen was. And no one said, “Did you get permission to use that name?” And I was like, “It’s too late, we already shot with it.” That’s horrible. I felt so bad
Do you think that this was a serious mistake or was that just said because they didn’t want to admit their sick sense of humor? Given the nature of the movie this character name seems like the perfect choice! A Microsoft exec would be exactly the type of man Bateman would be jealous of and hence choose to chop up with an axe. I think this name choice brings more meaning to the characters vengeance I just think it would have been a bit more tasteful to choose someone who fit the mold but wasnt actually alive to see a character with their name brutally killed. What are your thoughts? Was it a mistake or was it intentionally planted to add another layer of unconformability for the audience?