Following director Mary Harron’s recent “Anatomy of a Scene” video for the New York Times, one of the most famous sequences in “American Psycho” has a new look. Mara Wilson, late of “Matilda” and more recently a prominent voice on social media, stars in this female-led version of the business-card scene that birthed the famous line, “Oh my god, it even has a watermark.” (Warning: If the you consider the very notion of an all-female “Ghostbusters” a personal affront, this may not be the video for you.)
Wilson plays Paula Allen, the equivalent of Jared Leto’s original Paul Allen — a smarmy higher-up at a financial firm. Dani Faith Leonard, who also created the “Swapped” series, stars as Patricia Bateman (a take on Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman); the two are joined by Keisha Zollar as Dana Van Patten, Julie Rosing as Louise Carruthers and Anna Suzuki as Tabitha Bryce.
“American Psycho” came out in 2000 and, like the Bret Easton Ellis novel on which it’s based, elicited both controversy and a cult following that, as evidenced by this video, continues today.