'American Psycho' Producer on Leonardo DiCaprio's Near Casting

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'American Psycho' (Inset: Ed Pressman)

The 'Titanic' star was interested, but the filmmakers held out for Christian Bale, who ultimately got the lead role, as producer Ed Pressman shares three stories from his storied career.

Producing legend Ed Pressman weighs in on three of his titles that will screen as part of a multiday fest retrospective.

American Psycho (2000)

"Christian Bale, who wasn't yet a big star, wanted to do it. Then Titanic opened and Lionsgate sent Leonardo DiCaprio the script and he wanted to do it. But [director] Mary Harron told me: 'Leo will never do the movie,' so wait it out. She was right."

Badlands (1973)

"Badlands was made like a Broadway play, we got $25,000 in financing here, $50,000 there. My mother invested in the movie … It took a long time to edit. [My mom] called [director] Terry Malick and told him to finish the film."

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

"We sold the film to Fox but, like Badlands, it had an unsuccessful initial release. So we did it ourselves. We took the film to Little Rock, to Memphis, to Dallas. It did really well and the studio came back on board and did a second release."

This story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.