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. The Narrator was filmed to look like he was turning into "Gollum" as the movie progresses and the power of Tyler Durden takes hold.
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 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 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.
Palahniuk explained, "I'll be like, 'No, it's made up; it's fake. Chuck Palahniuk Facebook 3. The sex scene was modeled after Mt. Rushmore "fucking the Statue of Liberty. 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: Rushmore was fucking the Statue of Liberty. I remember Brad coming in at one point and saying he wanted to see a pile of pornography so he could pick positions out of that.
But basically, pornography was boring in terms of like, different positions. They're all the same positions. We actually pulled positions out of the Kama Sutra. The other actor in the sex scene, Helena Bonham Carter, said that filming all the positions really wasn't as sexy as it appeared on camera. Marla's breasts in the film are even just CGI.
Her original interview with The Mirror seems to be lost, but at the time Salon aggregated a quote by Carter from the interview where she said: On the count of three we had to, ah, orgasm. I spent so many days coming in and basically doing voice-off orgasm sounds on this film.
The first time was a bit embarrassing, but I got used to it. And David [Fincher] would say, 'And roll. But I think I got that technique down. That was one major thing I learned on this film: Brad Pitt's stomach was so strong at the time that Edward Norton cracked his thumb.
In the interview with Premiere magazine, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt joked about the various fighting they had to do onscreen and how sometimes the moves couldn't really be faked. Norton specifically recalled, "I cracked my thumb on Brad one time, on his stomach.
Have you seen Pitt's stomach? Just had the wind knocked out. Auntie Godmother's is a Californian boutique soap company that was founded in On a Facebook post about a farmer market back in , Townsend commented about her business, "We are professional soap makers and made all the soaps for the movie 'Fight Club.
Tyler Durden and Marla are actually based off real people. Chuck Palahniuk wrote six of his friends into the story. Johanna Schneller wrote in the Premiere profile about the Tyler from the real world: Years later, Brad Pitt was cast in this movie and Palahniuk was able to bring all six of his friends that inspired characters to the set.
He recalled, "So I was able to say, 'Tyler, this is Tyler'; 'Marla, this is Marla,' and everyone was really fascinated by one another. Tyler apparently has "shoulder-length-Jesus blond hair" and Marla isn't "very much like Helena Bonham Carter's character.
Art by Carlos Martz. David Fincher said the movie's lighting is based on being inside a 7-Eleven in the middle of the night. David Fincher gave an in depth description to Film Comment in , about what inspirations went into creating the "Fight Club" look, most of which involved making things dirtier.
One popular convenience store was specifically named by the director: We didn't want to be afraid of color, we wanted to control the color palette.
You go into 7-Eleven in the middle of the night and there's all that green-fluorescent. And like what green light does to cellophane packages, we wanted to make people sort of shiny. There's a good chance Leonardo DiCaprio's dying breaths from "Titanic" were reused for the ice cave scene.
It is unclear whether Leonardo DiCaprio's breath is exactly what was used in the ice cave scene. That said, this Cinefex article did explicitly say "existing breath elements" from "Titanic" were used in "Fight Club" however and digital artist John Siczewicz is quoted as saying: After starting with those existing breath elements [from "Titanic"] we cut and pasted and dissolved until we had some animated breath that worked with the wind action within this ice tunnel.
Since either the camera or the actor was in motion for all of these shots, I had to track in the origin point for each breath. Once these swirly breaths blended in, the whole scene dropped sixty degrees. It was talking about that moment in time when you have this world of possibilities, all these expectations, and you don't know who it is you're supposed to be.
And you choose this one path, Mrs. Robinson, and it turns out to be bleak, but it's part of your initiation, your trial by fire. And then, by choosing the wrong path, you find your way onto the right path, but you've created this mess.
Fight Club Facebook And going along with that, the two saw "Fight Club" as a Buddhist movie. In a Premiere profile from , Norton talks about how he thinks his character's trajectory is grounded in Buddhism: In Buddhism there's Nirvana, and then there's Samsara, the world of confusion and disharmony. That world is our testing ground, where we have the experiences that help us become enlightened. You're challenging yourself to break out of the world. Also, within a Film Comment interview, David Fincher talks about how the Narrator's journey through the movie is Buddhist although he doesn't know which Buddhist school of thought the philosophy comes from: I don't know if it's Buddhism, but there's the idea that on the path to enlightenment you have to kill your parents, your god, and your teacher The movie introduces [Norton's character] at the point when he's killed off his parents and he realizes that they're wrong.
But he's still caught up, trapped in this world he's created for himself. And then he meets Tyler Durden, and they fly in the face of God - they do all these things that they're not supposed to do, all the things that you do in your twenties when you're no longer being watched over by your parents, and end up being, in hindsight, very dangerous. And then finally, he has to kill off this teacher, Tyler Durden.
So the movie is really about that process of maturing. Johanna Schneller writes in her Premiere profile of the movie that when talking to Pitt and Norton, the two actively tried to avoid talking about "Fight Club.
Eventually they tell me that, yes, they're here to talk about 'Fight Club,' but they don't actually want to talk about it. It may be hard to say "Fight Club" is about any one specific thing, but as a joke, Norton and Pitt would give it this super simple description: