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Interview with American Psycho star Benjamin Walker


American Psycho

Benjamin Walker
Benjamin Walker

Benjamin Walker can currently be seen on Broadway in his Drama Desk Award-nominated portrayal of Patrick Bateman in the Broadway premiere of American Psycho at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. He is well-known among theatre fans for his performance in the title role of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,' as well as past Broadway outings in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' and 'Inherit the Wind.'

Film fans may know him from his performance in the title role of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' as well as screen appearances in 'Flags of Our Fathers,' 'The Choice,' 'The War Boys,' and 'In the Heart of the Sea.'

Sadly, it was just announced that the Broadway engagement of American Psycho will play its final performance on 5 June 2016. Prior to this announcement, we caught up with Benjamin to talk about the appeal of Patrick Bateman and fake blood...

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Benjamin Walker in American Psycho
Benjamin Walker in American Psycho
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Thomas Hayden Millward: What do you love most and what do you find most challenging about playing Patrick Bateman on Broadway, Benjamin?

Benjamin Walker: Well, I love that everybody has a little bit of Patrick Bateman in them, that heís the guy that does not censor himself. But thatís also whatís scary about it. And whatís most challenging? Probably the same thing Ė which is to release your demons and then kind of put a lid on them when you go home.

THM: Did you get to see the original production at Londonís Almeida Theatre?

BW: I didnít, but I heard Matt [Smith] was amazing.

THM: But you were involved with the musical at previous workshop readings, right? How did your journey take shape from back then to opening night on Broadway?

BW: I was approached by [Composer] Duncan [Sheik] and [Director] Rupert [Goold] a few years ago to do a lab of ĎAmerican Psychoí to see if this was something people would actually come and see and if it works as a musical. And it did with flying colours. Then they were talking about doing it at the Almeida in London and I had gotten another job. I couldnít do it. Luckily Matt did such a great job and itís still alive and people went crazy for it, so we were able to take another step and bring it here. People were camping out in London to see it, and now itís here on Broadway.

THM: And you must be going through fake blood by the gallon?! I hope you donít run out of it anytime soon!

BW: (Laughs) And itís all over my bedsheets at night! My poor wife is constantly complaining about all the blood and fake tan Iím bringing home with me. Itís really not glamorous!

THM: And all that white clothing will be turning pink in the wash!

BW: (Laughs) Yeah, exactly!

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Benjamin Walker in American Psycho
Benjamin Walker in American Psycho
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THM: So whatís next for Benjamin Walker?

BW: Well, Iím producing a new film in the Fall and Iím doing some stand-up comedy. Really Iím just trying to get through this. Itís gruelling!... in a great way. But weíll see how long people keep coming.

American Psycho is booking through to 5 June 2016 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Click HERE to buy tickets!

- by Thomas Hayden Millward

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