Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Brad Pitt (1999)
Tyler Durden represents everything the nameless protagonist (Edward Norton) wants to be, and his image certainly appeals to most male viewers who watch as well. He’s confident, witty, well spoken, intelligent and not afraid of anything. On top of that, he also has what a lot of guys see as the perfect body, plus he’s able to endlessly please a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) in the sack. Durden’s looks and way of going through life make him seem illusory throughout much of the film, often seeming too decisive and sure of himself to actually be a person.
In an interview about the movie, Norton noted that Brad Pitt increased his workouts and tanning while he ate less and less, making Pitt more and more ideal by comparison as the film went along. Durden gets on the list by representing the looks just about any guy would want to have, when for most, it simply isn’t possible.