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Watch: Meat Loaf's 'his name was Robert Paulson' iconic Fight Club scene

Molly Young January 21, 2022
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Legendary rock singer Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, passed away at the age of 74 on 20 January 2022, as announced by the star’s family on Facebook.

While the artist is best known for his huge-selling Bat Out Of Hell album, he also had a successful acting career. One of his most memorable roles was as Bob in 1999 thriller Fight Club.

Fans are paying tribute to Meat Loaf and recalling his role in the iconic Fight Club scene known as ‘his name was Robert Paulson’. Let’s look in more detail…

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Meat Loaf starred in Fight Club

One of Meat Loaf’s most popular acting roles was in Fight Club, the 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

Meat Loaf appeared in the thriller as Robert Paulson, also known as Bob, a former bodybuilder who is suffering from testicular cancer due to his over-reliance on steroids.

As a result of his cancer, Bob has had his testicles removed and, through a hormone imbalance, he develops gynecomastia (enlargement of the moobs).

Robert Paulson first meets the narrator at a support group for men with testicular cancer and later joins Fight Club at Lou’s Tavern. Eventually, he applies to join Project Mayhem, passes the test and is officially made a member.

Watch: Meat Loaf’s ‘his name was Robert Paulson’ iconic scene

Meat Loaf’s character is killed during Operation Latte Thunder when he’s shot by a security guard while attempting to flee the night-time raid. He’s too slow, Fight Club Wiki reports.

The Narrator, Tyler Durden, unintentionally creates a new rule in honour of Bob after getting upset over being told one rule of Project Mayhem is members have no name.

The new rule is called “in death, they have a name”, which results in all members present at Bob’s death chanting “his name was Robert Paulson”.

Bob becomes a legend among Fight Club members, with the scene a fans’ favourite. Clips of the iconic scene are on YouTube and other social media platforms.

Fans remember the star as Bob

As fans pay tribute to Meat Loaf, remembering his powerful, wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows, others are revisiting his role in Fight Club.

Among his myriad talents, Meat Loaf was a master of comedy, too.

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Some fans think his standout role is as Fight Club’s Bob.

For some fans of Meat Loaf’s music the news he portrayed Robert Paulson was a surprise.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.