Bret Easton Ellis Explains He Actually Wrote Kanye's 'American Psycho' Spoof, Hints at Another Collaboration
Published Jul 24, 2013Kanye West's promotional run leading up to the release of Yeezus included a spoof on an axe-swingin' scene from Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, which it now turns out was actually written by the author himself.
While Ellis had tweeted as much around the time the video dropped, a new interview with MTV has him explaining how the partnership came about.
Ellis said that he had been approached by Kanye, who had tracked down the author's number and sent him a text out of the blue to ask for his services.
"I just got a text one day... it said, 'It's Kanye, do you have time to rap?' And then suddenly my phone rang and someone said, 'Kanye got your number and he wants you to write this promo for Yeezus,'" Ellis said. "And so we went back and forth on it and he wanted it done, like, that day. So I wrote it very quickly and they shot it two or three days later."
As previously seen, the result has reality TV stars Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban re-enacting the infamous Huey Lewis and the News scene between Christian Bale and Jared Leto in the 2000 film adaptation, though with praise lavished on Yeezus instead of Sports.
Ellis hinted that the scene didn't come out quite as he had hoped, but West's approval of the promo clip gave him a change of heart.
"We all had our problems with it, but ultimately the fact that Kanye liked it so much it helped change whatever reservations we had," he said. "Scott really has problems that he didn't shave his beard and that his voice got really high, but it's funny. It's really just a goof."
Ellis also added that a to-be-detailed project is underway. He explained: "Kanye and I have been meeting about writing a script for him and so that's a project that's kind of in the works."