Love revealed on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that Brad Pitt kicked her out of David Fincher’s film after she blocked his attempt to do a Kurt Cobain biopic.
Courtney Love stands by a claim she made on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that Brad Pitt kicked her out of Fight Club after she blocked his attempt to do a Kurt Cobain biopic.
The story, in which Love detailed that she was originally cast in the role of Helena Bonham Carter in David Fincher’s 1999 film, went viral this week. A source denied the claim in Variety, stating that while Love auditioned for the film, she was never actually cast. “You can’t get fired for a job you didn’t get,” the source said. “It’s a well-known fact that roles aren’t decided by other actors, but by the director.”
Love spoke about the controversy in an Instagram post she shared on December 30.
“Hi. Regarding a story I told on the podcast @marcmaron #wtf. A story I would never tell. 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,” she wrote.
“I understand how much of a roulette casting game is. I’m not here, 22 years later, to bitch about losing a supporting actress role in a movie.
“In the podcast I tell about the day Brad & Gus Van Sant called me from lunch and tried to blackmail me about my role for the rights to a film about Kurt. I lost my shit on her and at 7pm I got fired from Fight Club. Every word of it is factual. It was always a secret I was good at keeping,” she said.
“It’s a movie. However, I passed on the better role [sic] That. Who cares?” Love wrote. “The point is Brad kept stalking me about Kurt.”
As Love claimed on the podcast, Pitt got Fincher to remove her from “Fight Club” after she turned down Pitt’s offer for a biopic about the life of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. According to Love’s story, Pitt introduced her to the film during a meeting between the two and Gus Van Sant about a possible adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain,” which was then buzzing around Hollywood as hot property years before Ang Lee adapted it.
“I wouldn’t let Brad play Kurt. I’ve gone nuclear I don’t make a fist. Who the hell do you think you are?” Love told Maron. She also said that Fight Club star Edward Norton was the one who broke the news.
“He starts sobbing,” Love said. “And he said, ‘I don’t have the power!'” She said Fincher then reached out to confirm the news.
On the podcast, Love claimed she turned down pitches for Cobain biopics of Pitt and his Plan B as recently as 2020. She also said director Cameron Crowe told her, “Brad Pitt was brought to this earth to haunt you for Kurt, which has been going on since 1996.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/courtney-love-fight-club-brad-pitt-comments-factual-1234795242/ Courtney Love on Fight Club, Brad Pitt comments: Every word is factual