Courtney Love joined Marc Maron for an interview on the “WTF” podcast and said she was hired by David Fincher to star opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the 1999 movie “Fight Club.” Love said she won the role of Marla Singer, who was eventually played by Helena Bonham. Carter in the movie. The premise of “Hole” was fresh from the strong reviews of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” at the time. According to Love, she was kicked out of “Fight Club” after declining Brad Pitt’s offer to star in a Kurt Cobain movie.
Love said she “nuclear” on Pitt after he and director Gus Van Sant approached her about making a Kurt Cobain film. Love and Cobain married in 1992 and were together until his death in 1994 at the age of 27. Van Sant finally pitched the Cobain-inspired drama “Last Days” starring Michael Pitt, but Love said this was not Pitt’s project and the director wanted her to agree to it.
“I wouldn’t let Brad play Kurt,” Love said. “I go nuclear. I don’t do Faust. Who the hell do you think?”
Love added that she told Pete the following: “I don’t know if I trust you and I don’t know that your films are for profit. They’re really good social justice films, but…if you don’t understand me, you kind of don’t understand Kurt, and I don’t feel like you.” Oh Brad.”
She said that after Pete Cobain’s film was rejected, Love was kicked out of Fight Club. According to Love, Norton broke the news to her. The two were romantic partners at the time.
“He starts crying,” Love said to Maron. “And he was like, I don’t have the strength!”
A source close to the movie confirmed diverse Love auditioned for her role in “Fight Club” but said she was not offered the part. “You can’t be fired from a job you didn’t get,” the source added. “It is well known that roles are decided not by other actors, but by the director.”
Fincher allegedly called Love afterward to confirm her exit from the film. Bonham Carter instead took on the role in the film, which originally bombed the box office but has since become one of Fincher’s best-known directorial efforts.
In an Instagram post on Friday, Love stood by her comments on Maroon’s podcast, writing that “every word” she said was “real.”
“Brad pushed me a bridge too far. I don’t like the way he does business or wields his power. It’s a simple fact, and it started during the production of ‘Fight Club,'” Love wrote.
“It’s a movie. In fact, I’ve had better roles than I did.” [sic] that. Who cares?” She continued. “The point is, Brad kept haunting me about Kurt.”
Love went on to claim that she declined Pitt’s offer of a biography to Cobain back in 2020, feeling she was “never heard” and “ignored” during the meeting.
“I had no plans to bring up the subject with Marc Maron, but it came,” Love wrote. “I told the story because I felt like Pete wouldn’t stop stalking Kurt — unless I said so publicly.”
She added, “I don’t want Brad to be mad at me and his resentment becomes so. I want him to do better. I’m not into assault. Cmon is Pete’s brother. I wish you well, really. If he’s mad at me, that’s his problem. I enjoy him as a movie star in a big way. Not As far as a producer’s biography.”
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