Edward Norton, a talented and versatile actor, has played a variety of movie characters. He has the ability to portray multiple emotions and vastly different personalities. Edward Norton achieves a strong level of believability in even the most difficult roles. The combination of his talents and likeability has made him one of my favorite actors. Out of his many great movie roles, I have chosen Edward Norton’s top 3 performances.
3. Edward Norton as the Narrator in “Fight Club”
Edward Norton plays a “common” man in “Fight Club” that is unhappy with his current life. He is suffering from insomnia and only finds relief in the attendance of various support groups. The narrator meets Tyler Durden on a flight which leads to the establishment of a fight club. The fight club, which develops nation-wide branches, eventually becomes “Project Mayhem.”
After a member of the club is killed by police, Edward Norton’s character attempts to track down the missing Tyler Durden and shut down “Project Mayhem.” The narrator then discovers himself to be Tyler Durden and the mastermind of all the fight club’s activities. He is able to rid himself of his alter ego, but does not stop the last of “Project Mayhem’s” plans.
2. Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard in American History X
In “American History X,” Edward Norton plays Derek Vinyard, a young man involved in the neo-Nazi movement. After murdering two African-American men while catching them breaking in to his truck, he is sentenced to prison. While in prison, Derek Vinyard’s view of races is drastically altered as his only friend and ally is an African-American.
Upon his release from prison, he finds his younger brother, Danny, has adopted his past ideology. Vinyard attempts to alter Danny’s perception, and although he does make progress, the movie ends in tragedy. “American History X” concludes with Derek Vinyard cradling his recently murdered younger brother.
1. Edward Norton as Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear
In “Primal Fear,” Edward Norton plays an alter boy, Aaron Stampler, accused of murdering the archbishop. Aaron Stampler suffers from dissociative identity disorder. He has an alter-ego named Roy. Roy takes over whenever Aaron is stressed and has committed many murders, including that of the archbishop.
Throughout the movie, Aaron Stampler is seen as a victim of terrible circumstances, including being molested by the archbishop. A lawyer, Vail, manages get Aaron Stampler sentenced to a mental institution rather than prison. In the end of “Primal Fear,” however, Stampler reveals he has been faking insanity and his true identity to be that of sociopath and murderer Roy.
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