Exclusive Interview: Mary Harron Talks Charlie Says, Matt Smith And American Psycho

Most known for 2000’s American Psycho, director Mary Harron has eerily combined social commentary with gruesome, grotesque violence. With that in mind, the Manson Family and the shockingly random Tate-labianca murders of 1969 seem like a perfect centerpiece for her to examine.

And that’s exactly what her latest project, Charlie Says, does. Based specifically around the experiences of the three incarcerated women from the Family, the film dissects the pathetic, dehumanizing jargon Charles Manson (Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith) used to create killers out of innocent people.

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Mrs. Harron about her upcoming movie, as well as the casting and stylistic choices behind it. See what she had to say below, and enjoy!

As a director, what drew you into telling this story about Charles Manson? Or rather the women around him?

Mary Harron: Like many people, I’ve been fascinated by the
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