The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film. It was written by Scott Kosar who happens to be a huge Nine Inch Nails fan. The film stars Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik a name derived from Trent Reznor.
NIN music heavily inspired Kosar’s writing as his original script even included a quote from one of Reznor’s lyrics. Originally the soundtrack was meant to include Nine Inch Nails material but the director did not want the movie to go in that direction. Regardless, early press articles described Bale’s character Reznik as experiencing a “downward spiral” which is an obvious tribute to the Nine Inch Nails 1994 album “The Downward Spiral” and some of The Machinist’s movie posters had the N in Machinist printed backwards akin to the Nine Inch Nails logo.
Bale and Reznor did have a chance to meet at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in 2011 where they both took home Oscars. Bale won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter” and Trent Reznor with Atticus Ross won Best Original Score for “The Social Network”. Check out the photo below…
I’m sure the conversation was pretty intense.