Happy birthday, Edward Norton! The prolific and talented actor will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Aug. 18 with 29 film credits under his belt in a career that's spanned almost three decades. Norton is kind of an under-the-radar actor: He's achieved that rare celebrity where he's famous without getting chased by the paparazzi 24/7.
In honor of his birthday, we decided to check in on Norton and see what he's up to. Spoiler alert: He's plenty busy.
In Theaters Now
The biggest things Norton has going on right now are two movies currently in theaters: Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Bourne Legacy."
"Moonrise Kingdom" is a film set in 1965 Rhode Island and shows the quirky love between a 12-year-old boy and girl. Norton's character is a scoutmaster with a can-do attitude.
"[My character] doesn't have a shred of cynicism about him. He's a real believer," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It was probably the easiest gig I ever had, because all I had to do was turn to Wes and say, 'How would you say this line?' Then I would just imitate it. He's a great person to work for and with. He's really a lot of fun."
He goes into a bit darker territory in the just-released "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner. In the film, Norton plays Agent Byer, a "villainous" character who target's Renner's Aaron Cross.
Norton explains his character's relation to the rest of the characters is "sort of like the Russian dolls. You know, you start with the little one and there's the bigger one outside...and with my character and Rachel and Jeremy, you're sort of going to the next level of the Russian dolls and realizing that everything that's been going on in the first ones is sort of inside a nest of other things that are happening in parallel," he told Reelz.com. Guess we'll have to see the thriller to actually understand what he means.
Guest Spot on "The Simpsons"
Norton is getting animated. The actor is set to make a guest appearance on "The Simpsons" as "the most lovable minister in the world," according to Entertainment Weekly. Ultimately, he causes Rev. Lovejoy to abandon the pulpit to become a hot tub salesman. No airdate is available, but the new season of "The Simpsons" stars on Sept. 30.
Looking Back on "Fight Club"
Norton is probably best known for his role in the 1999 cult hit "Fight Club." The role really made him a household name - and he's glad that it came out at the time, telling Digital Spy that a film like that wouldn't get made today because of the fierce market.
"It's right in that middle budget range that no-one wants to touch anymore," he said. "And DVDs are disappearing, no-one's going to buy a DVD in three years. It was kind of the secondary revenue that prompted them to make films like that."
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