Edward Norton pens heartfelt tribute to Meat Loaf

Edward Norton and Meat Loaf starred together in the 1999 film, Fight Club.


Hot on the heels of the passing of Bob Saget and Betty White, fans are mourning the death of Meat Loaf. Some of Meat Loaf's co-stars from his brief acting career couldn't help but share their thoughts about his death. In particular, his Fight Club co-star, Edward Norton, paid a touching tribute to the rock music legend.

It appears that Norton and Meat Loaf developed a bromance while working together on the set of Fight Club.

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Most fans might remember Meat Loaf's acting dalliance with his role in 1999's Fight Club, where he portrayed Robert "Big Bob" Paulson. However, it appears that audiences weren't the only ones touched by Meat Loaf's performance in the cult classic film. As Edward Norton put so succinctly in his tribute, his image with Big Bob in the film is one of the few that he keeps. The Oscar nominee adds that the photo makes him smile every time he looks at it.

What is perhaps the most touching about Norton's tribute to Meat Loaf is that he spoke about who the man was behind the actor and rock star. Even if stars spend months working with each other, it takes a special kind of bond to develop an off-screen friendship and get to know someone. Norton and Meat Loaf shared a genuine connection while working on the black comedy.

Meat Loaf's moments in Fight Club were relatively few. The violence-filled film had very few calm and serene scenes. But, in those few moments, it was Meat Loaf's Paulson that stood out. His portrayal of the lovable giant was what helped the moments with the support groups leave a good impression on audiences. Even though Meat Loaf had appeared in several films since and before, it was Fight Club that allowed him to explore his range and talent.

Speaking of Fight Club, it's hard to think that the film wasn't successful at launch. Critics and audiences were divided with what to make of the film when it was first available. It wasn't until audiences got a chance to watch Fight Club at home that it took off. As for Meat Loaf, he went on to star and appear in several films and TV shows after Fight Club. This is a bonus when you consider that he remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time after a long and storied career as a singer.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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