Courtney Love explains Brad Pitt and ‘Fight Club’ story: ‘If he’s mad at me, that’s his problem’

Courtney Love looks back fight club. (Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Courtney Love didn’t plan to mention Brad Pitt during that sexy interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast this week, but now she’s explaining why she did.

As a recap, Love tells Maron that she was originally cast in the 1999 David Fincher film fight club, to play Marla who eventually goes to Helena Bonham Carter. Love said she was fired after she refused Pitt and director Gus Van Sant’s request at the same time to make a film about her late husband, Kurt Cobain. She used the term “go nuclear” to describe her reaction. Pitt had planned to play the Nirvana frontman who died by suicide at the age of 27 in 1994.

On Friday, Love explained her comments in a lengthy statement:

“Hi. Regarding a story I told on the @marcmaron #wtf podcast. A story I would never have told. Brad pushed me too far. I don’t like the way he does his business or exercises his power. It’s a simple fact story, and it started during the production of fight club.

“I understand how big the roulette game is. I’m not here after 22 years of losing a part playing someone’s side piece in a movie.

On the podcast, I recount the day Brad and Gus Van Sant B called me from lunch and tried to blackmail me over my role, for the rights to a movie about Kurt. I lost my shit on them, and by 7 p.m. I had been kicked out of fight club. Every word in this is realistic. This was always a secret I was good at keeping.

“It’s a movie. In fact, I’ve done better roles than that. Who cares?”

The point, “Love Goes On,” is that Brad kept haunting me about Kurt. With all this resentment in our history, one might wonder why I took on another Kurt offer from Brad after all these years? It’s because in healing and resentment it’s like drinking poison and hoping the other one dies.

“I was mad about that. Plus, I heard Pete was dealing with the same demons. So, maybe it changed both of us our spiritual worldviews. We don’t have to be.”

In her conversation with Maron, Love said she finally turned down a project for Pete over Cobain, whom she married in 1992, in 2020. She talks about that conversation in her new post.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love watch Mudhoney's concert on December 4, 1992, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.  (Photo: Lindsay Brice/Getty Images)

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love watch Mudhoney’s concert on December 4, 1992, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. (Photo: Lindsay Brice/Getty Images)

“It wasn’t just my Zoom with Brad in 2020 that I turned down his production for @planbfilms & Brad,” she wrote. “I said no on zoom and it wasn’t enough. Nobody heard me. I was ignored.”

She added, “I had no intention of bringing it up with Marc Maron but it happened. I told the story because I felt like Pete wouldn’t stop pursuing Kurt – unless I said it publicly.”

“I don’t want Brad to be mad at me and become resentful. I want him to do better. I’m not into aggression. 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 tremendously. Not so much as a biopic producer.”

“Hope this clears up, and thanks for your time.”

Finally, Love complimented Bonham Carter’s performance.

“I’m pretty sure Helena Bonham Carter was totally meant to be Marla Singer and I don’t take it or [star and Love ex] Edward Norton or David Fincher or [producer] Art Linson – all people whose work and genius I deeply respect – no ill will.”

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Pete and the studios behind it fight club for comment, but did not receive a response.

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