"Red Dragon" (2002)
The character: An FBI profiler who enlists the help of Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter to catch a deranged serial killer in this prequel to "Silence of the Lambs."
Stickler for details: Reports of on-set clashes between Norton and the film's director, Brett Ratner, are well-known. "He likes to challenge the director. It's all about intellectual debate," Ratner told The Times in 2003. ". . . Edward's instinct is going to be, 'I have to take over this film.' He's going to try to rescue the film. That's both a blessing and a curse."
Back story: Despite their frequent on-set disagreements, Ratner recalled Norton's wanting to hang out together on weekends during shooting and now they are homeys.