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Before Bullet Train, Revisit These Brad Pitt Fight Club Premiere Photos From 1999

He was dating Jennifer Aniston and getting high with Edward Norton.

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In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt worked with director David Leitch — his stunt double from 1999’s Fight Club. “Now, he’s a director with his own voice, his own vernacular, and I’m serving him. He’s the boss,” Pitt told THR. “So there was a beautiful symmetry for two old friends.”

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Another “beautiful symmetry,” of course, is the movie star’s face — which, 23 years after Fight Club, is as familiar and handsome as ever. In honor of Bullet Train’s release on Aug. 5, let’s take a look back at Pitt’s looks from the classic film’s red carpet premiere.

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Accompanying Pitt to the Fight Club premiere was, of course, Jennifer Aniston — the Friends star with whom he’d recently confirmed his relationship. A month after the film’s October premiere, the iconic couple revealed they were engaged, Empire reported at the time.

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Obviously a big fan of the film — or maybe just super inspired by her beau’s role in it — Aniston even spoofed Fight Club during her Saturday Night Live hosting gig that fall, getting into a fight with Molly Shannon in the middle of her monologue.

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As it turns out, Aniston wasn’t just on the red carpet in the supportive girlfriend role — but apparently as Pitt’s personal hairstylist, too. Well, sort of. According to E!, she actually shaved Pitt’s head for his role as Tyler Durden in the film.

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Pitt wore a suit to the 1999 premiere — but off the red carpet, he was slipping into dresses for a Rolling Stone cover shoot. 23 years later, he would sport a linen skirt set for the Berlin premiere of Bullet Train. “We’re all going to die, so let’s mess it up,” he told Variety.

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A month before Fight Club had its domestic red carpet premiere, it debuted at Venice Film Festival — where Pitt and Edward Norton got high. “We had the best screening ever ... for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to smoke a joint before,” he told Marc Maron in 2020.

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“The movie starts, first joke comes up, and it’s just crickets,” Pitt said. “It’s dead silence. And another joke, and it’s just dead silent … this thing is just not translating. The more it happened, the funnier it got to Edward and I. So we just start laughing.”