The Truth About American Psycho's Famous Opening Credits Restaurant Scene
From revealing hidden emotions to hinting at a characters' development, food has played a significant role on the big screen for generations. When it comes to movies, food can tell us so much more about a character than just their taste buds. A character's signature order at a restaurant can result in viewers either idolizing the character, pitying them, or even viewing them as a child. As everyone in the real world knows, we all gotta eat! Seeing our favorite TV show or movie characters sitting around the family dinner table or at a local diner booth, instantly makes them more real and relatable. Of course, the opposite can also be true; from Leonardo DiCaprio eating raw meat for "The Revenant" to Will Ferrell's absurd sugar intake while shooting "Elf", there are some iconic food scenes that were grueling to film in real life.
Food plays a key role in the darkly satirical horror film, "American Psycho." In this adaption of Bret Easton Ellis's controversial novel, dining out at exclusive and expensive restaurants is a hobby shared between Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, and his fellow wealthy Wall Street pals. Set in the shallow and superficial world of 1980s New York, food reflects your social standing; it's not so much about what you are eating, but at what restaurant and with whom. From boasting about booking a reservation at Pastel to drooling over the peanut butter soup with smoked duck from Dorsia, food is at the center stage of this film.