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While he may be notoriously difficult at times, Edward Norton has always been one of the most solid screen actors in Hollywood. He earned his third Oscar nomination this year, for his supporting performance in Birdman. Here are 9 interesting things about Norton and his career…
1. Norton dated Courtney Love briefly in the late 90s after the two worked on The People Vs. Larry Flynt. Norton even played guitar in her band, Hole, on two different occasions.
2. He speaks a little Japanese, which helped when he worked, briefly, for his grandfather’s company, The Enterprise Foundation. He was assigned to the Osaka, Japan branch until he quit the desk job grind at his grandfather’s suggestion and decided to try to break into acting in New York.
3. His character Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear in 1996, which was based on a book, did not have a stutter, but when he auditioned he gave him one.
4. He and his co-stars had some fun learning about their characters on occasion. He and Fight Club co-star Brad Pitt took soap-making classes. He and Rounders co-star Matt Damon competed in the World Series of Poker at Las Vegas on May 1998 with the movie studio Miramax paying the $10,000 per person entrance fee.
5. Speaking of Matt Damon, Norton passed on the role of Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan, which then went to Damon.
6. Was considered for the role of Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. Director Milos Forman could not decide between him and Jim Carrey and left the decision up to the studio. The studio decided to go with Carrey.
7. He said if he was not an actor, he would have been a pilot.
8. His babysitter, Betsy True, went on to perform as Cossette in a Broadway version of Les Miserables. She was the one who originally piqued Edward’s interest in acting, taking him to see his first play, If I Were A Princess, at age six.
9. When asked about the current state of movie viewing and its damages on smaller films, he said “There’s been a shift from people buying DVDs to streaming them online. The studios have been asleep at the switch and suffered a huge loss of revenue from falling DVD sales. Unfortunately, that revenue was often what helped convince them to make films which aren’t blockbusters. Studios aren’t as willing to make mid-budget, more thoughtful films aimed at adults. It’s more challenging to get those films made than it was.”