Iconic Movie Roles Impossible to Remake

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, we think it will be impossible to top. What other iconic movie roles can never be remade? Click through to check out our picks, and leave yours in the comments below.


Robert Mitchum as Reverend Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter

The total antithesis of today’s celebrities, Robert Mitchum created a terrifying character in Reverend Harry Powell for Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter. The actor essentially risked his career for the part of the murderous preacher — a complete departure from the kind of role that Mitchum normally played. His performance could have easily slipped into caricature, but instead he imbues Powell with a sublime malevolence thanks to that silky baritone and the threat to “LOVE” us with his fists. Laughton broke the mold when he cast Mitchum for his eerie, expressionistic nightmare.