8 Sacred Roles in Film History

By Alison Nastasi

In the age of remakes, what classic film roles should remain forever untouched?

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There's been talk about a possible updating of Mary Harron's American Psycho—based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis—for some time. Now, word has arrived that Lionsgate is actually pushing forward with a remake of the twisted classic. The studio has brought on screenwriting unknown Noble Jones to update the story about yuppie psychotic, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), who slaughters his way through the 1980s.

The studio will be hard-pressed to find another actor that can fill Bale's (very expensive) shoes for the now famous role that became the symbol of cultural narcissism, materialism, and greed. Bale's performance embodies everything Ellis set forth in his novel so perfectly. It may be impossible to top. What other iconic movie roles can never be remade?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/12/8-sacred-roles-in-film-history/249757/