Christian Bale was paid less than makeup artists for his role in American Psycho
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 10
Christian Bale said he was laughed at by the makeup artists (Picture: Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic)

Christian Bale has revealed he was paid less than the makeup artists on American Psycho when he starred in the lead role of Patrick Bateman.

The 2000 film became a cult classic, but at the time, Christian was earning so little that he feared his house being repossessed.

He said makeup artists on the film ended up laughing at him when they found out how little he was being paid.

He recalled: ‘They had paid me the absolute minimum they were legally allowed to pay me.

‘And I had a house that I was sharing with my dad and my sister and that was getting repossessed.’

Christian ‘So the first thing was: “Holy crap. I’ve got to get a bit of money,” because I’ve got American Psycho done, but I remember one time sitting in the make-up trailer and the make-up artists were laughing at me because I was getting paid less than any of them.’

American Psycho, based on the novel by  Bret Easton Ellis, saw who leads a double life as a serial killer.

The actor went on to star in films including The Fighter (which he won an Academy Award for) and the Batman trilogy, and now has an estimated net worth of around $120million (£108million).

The star is now worth millions (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Most recently, Christian starred and reunited with director David O Russell, who also directed The Fighter.

Starring Christian alongside the likes of Rami Malek and Margot Robbie with a cameo from none other than , the film follows three friends – a doctor, a nurse, and a lawyer – who become the prime suspects in a murder in the 1930s.

Christian said of collaborating with David O Russell again: ‘We talked about some ideas, about some vague ideas, of characters for a few years, and then we just started saying about how we wanted to see people who overcome adversity, who have optimism, who believe in hope, who believe in joy.

‘And we took about six years doing that.’