Here’s Your First Look At Matt Smith In The "American Psycho" Musical

The Doctor Who star is turning serial killer on the London stage.

1. Matt Smith makes his debut in the musical version of American Psycho in London this week.

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2. And the yuppie serial killer could not be a more different first role since leaving Doctor Who.

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Daniel Radcliffe made a similar bold move after leaving Harry Potter, starring on Broadway in a revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Ever Really Trying.

3. The musical, adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel, opens at the Almeida Theatre on Friday 13 December.

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4. It’s an especially brave move for Matt, who has never sung or danced before.

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He told Radio Times: “It’s a bizarre challenge, especially as I’ve never sung before. I thought, ‘why not give it a stab… foolishly’. I mean, it’s not like other musicals - which is why I took it. It’s difficult and challenging.”

5. Easton Ellis himself approves of the casting.

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The author had not been keen on the 2000 movie adaptation, but seems more on board with the new musical. When the casting was announced, he tweeted: “Happy about Matt Smith in AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL, but I also liked the idea of runner-up Andrew Rannells in the role. Maybe Broadway…”

6. It looks like there is a lot of impressive dancing.

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7. The music and lyrics were written by Duncan Sheik, the man behind Spring Awakening, with the book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacase.

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8. In American Psycho Bateman is a hedonistic investment banker by day and a serial killer by night.

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9. But events in the book are left ambiguous, so it is never certain whether any of the crimes actually happened, or are the fantasies of a delusional psychotic.

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10. After this, Smith will next be seen in the movie How To Catch A Monster, directed by Ryan Gosling.

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He makes his final appearance in Doctor Who on Christmas Day.

11. The production runs at London’s Ameida Theatre until January 25.

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“There is an idea of Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are simply comparable, I simply am not there.”
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis.

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