Bret Easton Ellis on The Rules of Attraction and Its Sexy, Illicit Spinoff You'll Never See
One of the problems I had with the movie was that I thought James Van Der Beek's performance was too informed by Christian Bale's -- like he knew he was supposed to be the brother of this character, so he played him more like Bale than what I had pictured in the book.
You know what, that's interesting. I loved James Van Der Beek in it and I did not see that at all, I thought he completely captured that character as I had written it. I don't know, that's interesting. I understand what you're saying, but I thought he was so good.
I also felt like the relationships were barely there in the movie. When Van Der Beek and Shannyn Sossamon break up, it's supposed to be a big moment, but we've only seen them share one scene before that.
You're right. Yeah, that is true. Didn't bother me.
No, because I liked everything else that was in there. Yeah, there are arguments to be made that the sexuality between everyone is muted in a way. Yeah, that is missing, but I think the rest of the movie makes up for it.
The best sequence in the film, as everyone seems to note, is the montage of Victor's adventures in Europe.
Of course. That is the best sequence.
Roger shot reams of footage of Kip Pardue misbehaving abroad for that sequence, and then cut them together for this supposedly illicit spinoff film called Glitterati.
Oh, it is illicit.
So you've seen it?
Yes, I've seen it.
Early on, Roger had intimated that he'd be releasing it, but from what I've heard, it's not releasable. What's in this film?
What do you want to know? Be specific.
What's the most shocking thing in it?
Well, real people getting it on.
It's extremely explicit. And Kip is in character the whole time. I don't know if he had a girlfriend while he was making this movie, but I hope he didn't. I feel kind of bad even talking about it, but like, there's a scene where he meets a girl someplace and the camera crew is following them and he seduces the girl, and they're in a cab and the girl pulls out her phone and calls her boyfriend and says, "I'm not going to be home for a little while." Then they all go up to a hotel room and...things start happening. I don't know, it's like...[laughs]. I can't say any more than that.
Does it actually hang together as a narrative?
It's fascinating to watch. It's like a documentary with a fictional character in the middle of it. Still, even the idea Roger had that he could release this is ridiculous. It's just not possible.
He was also intending to direct your novel Glamorama for a while.
I think the days of being able to make that movie are over.
u don't think it's the right climate?
Don't think it's the right climate. I was talking with a very successful TV director who'd always been interested in the book about doing it as an HBO miniseries, but HBO's just not going to do something like that -- it's got to be about a big, important subject. So my hopes of Glamorama lay with Roger. If he ever gets it together to do it, that would be fantastic, but it's a very expensive movie to make. What do you do? How do you make that movie in this climate? It just doesn't seem possible.
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