Bret Easton Ellis Wrote A Yeezus-Inspired Film For Kanye West
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.18.2014
Working together again...
In an interview with Vice, author Bret Easton Ellis said that he wrote a film for Kanye West that was inspired by West's album Yeezus. Here are highlights:
On the Kanye film collaboration: "You know what, I can't. It's in Kanye Land, and that's subject to a whole other time frame. He came and asked me to write the film. I didn't want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He'd given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I'm right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So fuck it, I said yes. And that's how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We'll see what happens. I really like him as a person. I know he comes off in this performance-art way in the press, but if you're just alone with him in a room talking for three hours, it's kind of mind-blowing."
On Kanye admitting to being a narcissist: "Yeah, you're right. We all are. We're all here. And he's one of the few people who will admit it, and I like him for that and I wish more people would follow suit. I think that's what makes Jennifer Lawrence so appealing. She's the future of Hollywood personas. I don't know where the "old rules" of the empire—about showing your best self on the red carpet—gets anyone. It suggests an unfree society."
On wishing Leonardo DiCaprio played Patrick Bateman: "I was really not involved in the making of that movie. All I know was that it was an offer made to Leo after Christian Bale. It would have been the start of erasing something that was probably quite embarrassing for him, being known for the rest of his life as Jack from Titanic. I don't know exactly what happened. I also didn't know how far along Christian was in preparing for American Psycho, so my endorsing Leo might have looked insensitive. But yes—in answer to your question, I would have liked to see him in the role. But it was probably a lot better at that time and less distracting to have a relatively unknown actor."