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I am Jack’s Imaginary Tiger Friend

Photo: Tyler Durden and 'Jack' from 'Fight Club'. Tyler has Hobbes' head.

This metaphilm essay puts forth an interesting premise:

In the film Fight Club, the real name of the protagonist (Ed Norton’s character) is never revealed. Many believe the reason behind this anonymity is to give “Jack” more of an everyman quality. Do not be deceived. “Jack” is really Calvin from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

It’s true. Norton portrays the grown-up version of Calvin, while Brad Pitt plays his imaginary pal, Hobbes, reincarnated as Tyler Durden.

And Helena Bonham-Carter plays Marla, the grown-up version of Suzie Derkins:

Photo: Marla from 'Fight Club' thinks about her days as young Suzie Derkins.
All bad girls were sweet girls once. Trust me on this one.

2 replies on “I am Jack’s Imaginary Tiger Friend”

That’s the best piece of scholarly thinking I’ve read since the chap who compared pornos to musicals.

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