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Mark Newton

Fight Club is now almost 16 years old - which, ironically, is probably how old I was when I first saw it. Since I was trying to navigate a path through the heart of adolescent darkness at that point, a film about emasculated men, shitty jobs and rejecting commercialism certainly appealed to me in a way I didn't fully understand - and that's probably because I didn't fully understand the movie.

Since bearing the standard for the disenfranchised middle-children of history, the cast has certainly moved on. Let's take a look at them now.

Edward Norton - The Narrator a.k.a 'Jack'

Fun Fact: When Tyler and The Narrator have their first fight outside a bar, Edward Norton really did punch Brad Pitt in the ear. Pitt thought he was only going to 'fake hit' him, but before the scene David Fincher took Norton aside and told him to do it for real.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Brad Pitt might arguably be the bigger star to come out of Fight Club, but Norton has still had an illustrious career. Since Fight Club, he has appeared in 25th Hour, The Illusionist, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, while had a go at playing a superhero in The Incredible Hulk. Most recently you can see him in the Oscar nominated Birdman.

He also grabbed a cameo in Ricky Gervais' truth-telling comedy, The Invention of Lying. You can check that out below:

Brad Pitt - Tyler Durden

Fun Fact: When Tyler catches The Narrator listening to him having sex with Marla, he arrives at the door wearing a rubber glove. This was apparently Brad Pitt's idea and it caused some controversy. The President of Production at Fox 2000 Pictures, Laura Ziskin, was horrified and demanded the scene was removed. However, when shown with advanced audiences, the scene got one of the biggest laughs of the whole movie, so it was left in.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Come on, it's Brad Pitt. You know what he's been in. Since Fight Club, he's appeared in such movies as Snatch, Se7en, Ocean's Twelve, Inglourious Basterds, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave and most recently Fury.

Helena Bonham Carter - Marla Singer

Fun Fact: To get her bedraggled look right, Helena Bonham Carter asked the makeup artist to apply all of her make-up for Marla with her left hand.

What Else Can I See Her In?: Helena Bonham Carter has also been extremely prolific in her post-Fight Club years. After marrying director Tim Burton (they're now separated) she has worked on many of his movies, including Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Planet of the Apes and Alice in Wonderland. Her other roles include Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables and Red Harrington in The Lone Ranger.

Meat Loaf - Robert 'Bob' Paulson

Fun Fact: Meat Loaf - fairly obviously - wore a fat suit for his role in Fight Club. To ensure his 'bitch tits' and love handles hung correctly, the costume department filled them with over one hundred pounds of bird seed. They also created two versions of the suit, one with nipples and one without, as they were not sure if 20th Century Fox would approve prominent nipples.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Although perhaps best known as a rock singer, Meat Loaf has always considered himself an actor. He hasn't really appeared in anything as mainstream as Fight Club recently, but he did have minor roles in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Urban Decay and Stage Fright. He's also appeared in several television shows, including House M.D., Masters of Horror and Monk.

Here he is in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny:

Jared Leto - 'Angel Face'

Fun Fact: One scene involves Tyler Durden giving the fight club members an inspiration speech in which he states: "We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars." Right as he says "rock stars" he looks directly at Jared Leto. Of course, Leto formed the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Jared Leto hit the big time shortly after Fight Club, grabbing the lead role in the absolutely fucking depressing, but also pretty great, Requiem for a Dream. Following this, there were additional roles in Panic Room, Alexander, and Lord of War. Of course, perhaps his biggest role to date is as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, which won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He'll be taking a turn to superhero movies by appearing as The Joker in Suicide Squad.


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