Four Facts You Didn’t Know About Fight Club

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We all know the first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. We’re going to break that rule now and share some awesome facts you probably didn’t know about the iconic film.

David Fincher’s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name was released back in 1999, on October 15th, and its impact was unbelievable. The film provided great insight into the fallacy of modern life and shocked people with its originality.

It’s a scalding satire of society and its corporate overlords that hits a bit too close to home and implores people to wake up from their sleepwalking way of life and resist corporate, media-aided slavery. The film’s impact is still felt today, 16 years later. The sad truth is that we live in a society where little has changed.

Without further ado, here are some of the coolest facts about Fight Club:

The Writer Thinks The Film Is Better Than The Book

Chuck Palahniuk himself said on more than one occasion that David Fincher did an amazing job at telling Fight Club’s story. He said that Fincher provided some unique insights that he himself managed to miss in the book and claimed that the film streamlined the plot much more effectively than he ever could.

Edward Norton Took It Too Far

It’s important to commit to a role when you’re an actor, and Norton knew this. However, when trying to do this for Fight Club, he found out that it’s possible to go a bit too far. He took up smoking, something that he didn’t want to do for “Rounders” and starved himself to lose weight after starring in “American History X.” He drew the line, however, when he got the idea of actually attending support groups because he considered it disrespectful.

Meat Loaf’s Suit Weighed Way Too Much

Over 100 pounds, to be precise. The suit was reportedly loaded wit birdseed to best simulate the sagging movement of all that weight the character had gained from his hormone therapy. Two versions of the suit were made by the visual effects team, one of them featuring nipples.

Starbucks Can Be Seen In Every Scene

There’s at least one cup of Starbucks coffee in almost every scene in the film. The exception is the scene where Tyler and The Narrator demolish a coffee chain outlet. According to the director of the film, Starbucks was relatively easy to deal with when asked if they could satirize their product but drew the line at the store demolition part.

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