Christian Bale's American Psycho character used to reportedly be Ivanka Trump's 'ideal man'

Ivanka Trump is no stranger to toxic masculinity and New York decadence, given that her father is Donald Trump but we really have to question the fictional character that she had a crush on in her 20s.

According to a new podcast about the president's daughter by reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis. Named Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump, the podcast explores her various interests and just how she managed to land a job in the White House, despite the obvious reason.

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Grigoriadis is said to have researched around 60 interviews with her friends and colleagues for the show and has put together a tantalising preview for New York Magazine.

As you can imagine there are all sorts of sordid information involved in this teaser but perhaps the most eyebrow-raising was the revelation that as a younger woman Ivanka had a crush on the actor Christian Bale.

Bale, who is best known for playing Batman in the Dark Knight series, is a handsome man but Ivanka fell not for the actor but his character in American Psycho, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel which is a severe critique of the lavish lifestyles that existed in 1980s Manhattan,

That would be fine as she would have grown up in that environment (her father is referenced several times in the novel and movie, as well as her mother Ivana) except Bale's character, Patrick Bateman is a narcissistic serial killer who murders women throughout the movie.

The revelation from Grigoriadis's article reads as follows:

In her 20s, she said her ideal man, the one she had fantasies about, was Christian Bale in American Psycho playing Patrick Bateman, who is, of course, an '80s scenester just like her father was back then - suspenders, slicked-back hair, chops up women for a hobby.

Ivanka is now married to Jared Kushner, who despite his flaws is not a serial killer and actually doesn't look much like Christian Bale either. However, we can't help but be slightly disturbed that she would be so attracted to a man who is so downright evil and disturbed. Hardly the criteria for an 'ideal man.'

Still, we shouldn't be surprised that the Trump's have a fondness for films of a violent nature, after all the president's favourite movie is the Jean Claude Van Damme classic Bloodsport.


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