Aside from his controversial novels, most of which have been adapted into films at one point or another (American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction), Bret Easton Ellis is quite the edgy person in his everyday life. He has often spoken out via social media, offending people left and right. Here are some trivia points and personal quotes from Ellis…
1. After American Psycho was published, Ellis received countless death threats given the graphic and disturbing nature of the story.
2. His first novel, Less Than Zero, was published when he was only 21, and still a student at Bennington College.
3. He has cross-referenced characters in his books. For example, Blair and Julian from Less Than Zero are mentioned in The Informers, Sean Bateman from The Rules of Attraction is the younger brother of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.
4. Ellis played the keyboards for a handful of New Wave bands in the 80s.
5. He honestly wanted to adapt the Fifty Shades of Grey books into film version and has spoken out about it, though he is not slated to write any of the screenplays.
– Discussing the failure of The Informers film adaptation: “You need someone who understood that milieu. You need a Breck Eisner, you need someone who grew up around here. You also need someone with an Altman-esque sense of humor, because the script is really funny. The movie is not funny at all, and there are scenes in the movie that should be funny that we wrote as funny, and they’re played as we wrote them, but they’re directed in a way that they’re not funny. It was very distressing to see the cuts of this movie and realize that all the laughs were gone.”
– “Are you as much of a criminal if you don’t act when there’s a crime taking place in front of you as you are one of the participants? That was something that I was thinking about a lot because there are many moments in Less Than Zero where horrific things happen and Clay could do something about them, but his passivity stops him.”
– “Regardless of the business aspect of things, is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility.”
– “When a movie doesn’t take itself seriously, then why are we taking it seriously?”