Fred Durst’s Bizarre Role in the Fight Club Universe

Fred Durst's Bizarre Role in the Fight Club Universe
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“I’ve seen the Fight Club, about 28 times.”

Fred Durst uttered those immortal words on Limp Bizkit’s ‘Livin’ it Up’ off the band’s album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. It’s a memorable line off the track, one that lead one Reddit user to deduce that Durst likely saw the film once every 8 days or so.

So, huge fan, clearly. A huge enough fan, in fact, that Durst would be tapped for a completely bizarre appearance in the 2004 Fight Club video game.

If you don’t remember this game, it’s for good reason because it’s unbelievably bad. Developed by studio Genuine Games (also responsible for the shockingly fun 50 Cent: Bulletproof), Fight Club was the latest in a long line of weird video game adaptations of films that didn’t really quite work.

The game seems to completely misunderstand the meaning of violence both in Chuck Palahniuk’s original novel and in David Fincher’s film adaptation. It’s no longer the only means of physical contact a generation of men can understand, instead, it’s fighting at its most surface level.

Thematic misses aside, the game couldn’t even get its roster right. Lead actors Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are nowhere to be found, instead replacing them with two random mooks that vaguely look like the characters they portray in the film.

Shockingly they manage to pull Meat Loaf. However, they were not as lucky in securing Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter or anyone else.

Aside from Abe Lincoln, Fred Durst is definitely the game’s weirdest inclusion. The game itself is a generic fighting game with nothing interesting in the way of its system or mechanics, leaving you to have goofy fights between two mooks in a variety of soulless environments.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to fight Meat Loaf as Fred Durst or vice versa, consider finding a copy of the game. Check it out below.

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