11 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Fight Club’
If you’re a super fan who does not talk about “Fight Club,” you might as well read about it.
You probably already know that there’s a Starbucks cup in almost every scene, Tyler Durden had a split second FBI warning parody and that author Chuck Palahniuk prefers the movie to his own book. But we went deep into forgotten interviews and profiles, pulling words right from the cast, crew and writers, to find those trivia facts you truly did not know about the movie “Fight Club.”
1. The Narrator was filmed to look like he was turning into “Gollum” as the movie progresses and the power of Tyler Durden takes hold.
In an interview with The Yale Herald in 1999, Edward Norton explained the two different transformations of Tyler Durden and his Narrator character:
We decided together that I was going to get very thin. It’s almost a junkie metaphor. This guy is an unreliable narrator in the sense that he’s saying “you became carved out of wood and you felt powerful” and yet his body’s disintegrating and he’s bruised and shattered. And Brad made the decision to go the opposite way because Tyler is the way my character sees himself. Brad got progressively bigger throughout the movie, he bulked up and got huge and tan and beautiful while I became Gollum.
According to Norton, the Narrator was also based off of Holden Caulfield. As Norton told Interview magazine in 1999: “We tried to set up a mournful, almost Holden Caulfield-like inner narrative in the film as my character talks about his life of travel and hotel rooms with mouthwash and toothbrushes and single servings and mini-everythings.”
2. Both men and women begged author Chuck Palahniuk to show them where they could find real fight clubs to join.
Chuck Palahniuk told Premiere Magazine in 1999 that people would come up to him at book signings and beg him to tell them of real locations for fight clubs. Palahniuk remarked, “You’d be really surprised at the number of women.”
As the interview notes, although Palahniuk had heard rumors of actual fight clubs existing in places such as New Jersey and London, the author wouldn’t give these hopefuls any useful information. Palahniuk explained, “I’ll be like, ‘No, it’s made up; it’s fake.’ It just breaks people’s hearts.”
Image: Chuck Palahniuk Facebook
3. The sex scene was modeled after Mt. Rushmore “fucking the Statue of Liberty.” It was done with CGI and many days of Helena Bonham Carter recording orgasm sounds.
Visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug gave a special commentary about the movie’s sex sequence where he talked about how CGI was used to create the action. Haug remembered director David Fincher explaining one position: “I think David said it was as though one of the statues from Mt. Rushmore was fucking the Statue of Liberty.” In this commentary, Haug also recalled Brad Pitt’s intended approach for researching the mechanics of his acting in the scene:
I remember Brad coming in at one point and saying he wanted…