On Oct. 15, 2019, the suspense-filled David Fincher-directed shock-drama "Fight Club" starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton turns 20 years old. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Wonderwall.com is checking up on the cast of this riveting film to see what their lives are like today. Keep reading for more…
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Edward Norton starred as The Narrator in "Fight Club." Although his character doesn't have a name, he's the central focus of the film as well as the manifestations of his mental illness.
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Since starring in "Fight Club," Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton has kept a surprisingly low profile in Hollywood, even as his career has flourished. In 2000, he made his directorial and producing debut with the romantic comedy "Keeping the Faith," in which he also starred. Later films in his repertoire included "Frida," "The Italian Job" and "The Illusionist." He also had a short-lived tenure as Bruce Banner, playing the scientist in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk." In 2014, after taking a few years off from filmmaking, Edward returned in the dramatic comedy "Birdman" and earned himself a best supporting actor Oscar nod. Aside from 2016's "Collateral Beauty" and a voice role in 2018's "Isle of Dogs, Edward hasn't done a lot since, though he's back on the big screen in November 2019 with the 1950s-set crime drama "Motherless Brooklyn," a movie he also directed and produced. Edward, who famously dated Courtney Love in the late '90s and Salma Hayek in the early aughts, has been married to Canadian film producer Shauna Robertson since 2012. They reportedly have two kids.
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Brad Pitt starred in "Fight Club" as Tyler Durden, a subversive rebel of society who turns out to be a figment of The Narrator's imagination.
It's been a bumpy but beautiful road for Brad Pitt since "Fight Club" premiered in 1999. The Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner famously married "Friends" actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000, the same year People magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive for the second time, then continued to land headlining roles in top-grossing films including "Snatch," "The Mexican," "Ocean's 11" and its sequels and more. In 2005, shortly before the release of his action flick "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," Brad and Jennifer's marriage came to an end amid allegations that he'd cheated with co-star Angelina Jolie (the two later revealed they'd fallen in love on the "Smith" set). Brangelina went public with their romance in 2005 and built a family that included six children. Brad soon made his debut as a producer with the documentary "God Grew Tired of Us" and starred in a slew of hit films including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Inglourious Basterds," "Moneyball" and "World War Z," earning two best actor Oscar nominations and three best picture Oscar nods for his work as a producer, winning one for "12 Years a Slave." After marrying Angelina in 2014, Brad's life and career seemed to be untouchable. Then, just two years later, following an altercation with one of his children on a private plane, everything crumbled: Angie filed for divorce and Brad was investigated and cleared by Child Protective Services as a bitter custody war raged on for more than two years. Brad later revealed that his battle with alcohol addiction caused the downfall of his marriage, which ultimately led him to sobriety. In 2019, he starred in the critically acclaimed films "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" and "Ad Astra." Up next is a rumored role in the forthcoming film "Babylon" and a reprisal of his character Gerry Lane in a "World War Z" sequel, which Brad is also producing.
Helena Bonham Carter starred as the unhinged and unrepentant Marla Singer in "Fight Club."
The same year Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter starred in "Fight Club," she ended her nearly five-year relationship with actor-director Kenneth Branagh. After a busy 1999, Helena made 2001's blockbuster flop "Planet of the Apes" and fell for its director, Tim Burton. More films followed including 2003's "Big Fish," 2005's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (and its sequels) and 2007's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." By 2010, the eclectic, quirky actress was landing roles in even more intriguing films such as "Alice in Wonderland" and best picture Oscar winner "The King's Speech," in which she played Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (earned herself her second Oscar nomination). Coincidentally, her character's real-life daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, made Helena a dame in 2011. In 2012, the actress was back in the limelight for her stellar performances in two classic film remakes: "Great Expectations" and "Les Misérables." TV movies were next, with Helena taking on the role of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor" and as Margot Tyrell in both "Turks & Caicos" and "Salting the Battlefield." In 2014, after a 13-year romance that produced two children, Helena and Tim ended their relationship. Without missing a beat, Helena starred in more big projects like "Cinderella," "Suffragette," "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Ocean's Eight." In 2019, she debuts as Princess Margaret on Season 3 of Netflix's "The Crown" and in 2020, she'll star in "Enola Holmes." Helena has been romantically linked to art critic and writer Rye Dag Holmboe since 2018.
Jared Leto (left) played Angel Face in "Fight Club." In the film, he loved coming to blows and held a leadership position in both Project Mayhem and its social disorder faction, Space Monkeys.
The same year he appeared in "Fight Club," Jared Leto was in another popular film, "Girl Interrupted," alongside Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder. More movies followed, including "American Psycho," "Requiem For a Dream," "Panic Room" and the 2013's "Dallas Buyers Club," which earned Jared an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Other notable films on Jared's resume include the 2016 bomb "Suicide Squad," in which he played the Joker, and the 2017 hit "Blade Runner 2049." While he continues to act, Jared has also built an impressive career as the frontman for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which has released five studio albums since 2002. Next up, he'll voice Dr. Michael Morbius in the 2020 animated adventure "Morbius."
Singer Meat Loaf played former bodybuilder-turned-testicular cancer survivor Robert "Bob" Paulson in "Fight Club."
Rock 'n' roll star Meat Loaf is another former cast member of "Fight Club" who's both a musician and an actor. The "Rocky Horror Picture Show" actor and "Bat out of Hell" singer continued to land roles on the big and small screens, appearing in films like "Italian Ties," "Rustin," "The Salton Sea," "Extreme Dating," "Urban Decay" and even "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny," as well as TV movies and series like "The Outer Limits," "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple," "Monk" and "Glee." Since 1999, Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday) has also released five studio albums, including "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is On the Loose." In 2011, the Texas native was a contestant on the "The Apprentice" where he famously got into an insane shouting match with co-competitor Gary Busey. In 2016 while performing on stage in Canada, Meat Loaf collapsed while singing his hit song "I Would Do Anything For Love," which he later claimed was due to illness and a recent back surgery. Since then, the star has taken a break from the stage, only turning up on screen on the TV drama series "Ghost Wars" in 2017 and in the documentary "Rock Camp: The Movie" in 2018. He's next slated to appear in the rockumentary "#NoJoke." Meat Loaf married Deborah Gillespie in 2007. He has two daughters from a previous marriage.
Holt McCallany (center right) played The Mechanic in "Fight Club."
The same year Holt McCallany appeared in "Fight Club," he was also in another popular action film, "Three Kings" alongside Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney and Ice Cube. Other notable films followed including 2000's "Men of Honor," 2011's "Lights Out," 2013's "Gangster Squad," 2015's "Run All Night," 2016's "Sully" and 2017's "Justice League," to name a few. Some of Holt's television credits include recurring roles on series like "Freedom," "CSI: Miami," "Heroes," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Lights Out," "Law & Order: SVU," "Golden Boy" and "Blue Bloods." In 2017, Holt landed his most prominent role to date playing FBI special agent Bill Tench on the Netflix crime-thriller series "Mindhunter." He also appeared in two films in 2019 including the French comedy "Le dindon." Although Holt's character, Bill, faced divorce in the Season 2 finale of "Mindhunters," in real life, he's still going strong with his partner of 13 years, Nicole Wilson.
Eion Bailey played Ricky, a young co-worker of The Narrator, in "Fight Club."
Handsome Eion Bailey might look familiar to fans of TV's "Once Upon a Time," on which he played a rather good-looking real-life version of Pinocchio. After wrapping "Fight Club" in 1999, Eion landed a role in the cult hit "Almost Famous" as Jann Wenner. From there, we saw Eion on the small screen as David Kenyon Webster in the award-winning TV miniseries "Band of Brothers." More film and TV appearances followed, including in "The Canyon," "Dirty Little Secret," "Covert Affairs," "Ray Donovan" and "Stalker." Following Eion's exit from "OUAT" in 2017, he appeared on several episodes of "The Last Tycoon" as well as in the crime drama "Extortion." In 2019, he appeared in a stage production of "Fool For Love" in Toronto. Eion married Canadian theater director Weyni Mengesha in 2011. They share two children.