The second act sees a lot more splatter as Bateman goes on a killing spree. And while front row seats are recommended for up-close examination of Walker’s ever-increasing lean physique (at 6’ 3”, “his body is ridiculous,” Moerlein says) and his co-stars’ oft-shirtless bodies, there have been reports of blood splattering on audience members. One woman’s complaint about stains on her Burberry cashmere scarf and Louis Vuitton bag even made it into Page Six.
“I hate to say we loved it, but we loved it,” Yorke says, relishing in the irony of the situation that makes American Psycho’s jokes about ‘80s iconography like Trump, designer handbags and food obsessions just as relevant and funny today.
Although Walker embodies all of Bateman’s psychosis during the show, off stage, he is just a nice guy with a disarming Southern drawl that comes from growing up in Georgia.
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“To be such a wonderful guy while carrying this great weight [in character] is unbelievable,” Yorke says, pointing to one of her favorite moments of the show, when Walker is stripped down, covered in blood as he sits alone on stage. “He switches back and forth between these two personalities, calling Detective Kimball to make this massive confession and then speaking to the audience very calmly and with great measure about who he is and who he isn't.”
“He inspires and brings us all up to a new level,” Moerlein says, equally impressed with Walker’s transformation.
While the 33-year-old actor seems to be synced in with whom Bateman is, Walker reveals that it continues “to morph and change.” “I always feel like I figure out a character on closing night, right when it's too late,” he admits.
However, no matter how tuned in to Bateman he gets, his wife, actress Kaya Scodelario, insists that when the show’s over, he leaves Bateman at work. “She doesn’t mind the abs,” Walker says. “She doesn't want to wake up in the night with me just standing there watching her sleep or something.”