Courtney Love claims Brad Pitt fired her from Fight Club

In a recent appearance at Marc Maron’s WTF podcast (via TheWrap), Courtney Love claimed that Brad Pitt fired her from a role in Fight Club after Love did not allow him to play Kurt Cobain in a biopic.

Speaking about the moment during her performance, the actress and musician revealed that she was originally set to play Marla, a role that Helena Bonham Carter would later take over. Love emphasized that she was not just considered for the role, but actually got the job.

“I got the role, so the lawyers have called the lawyers — that’s my role,” Love said. “We had all these table reads, I had gone to work privately with David, and I get this phone call, and it’s from Gus Van Sant, and Gus is having lunch with Brad Pitt … he says, ‘Brad really wants to do a film about music.”

Love went on to say that Pitt and Van Sant then began pitching a movie about Kurt Cobain to her. Love – who was married to Cobain before his death – said she regrets not saying yes and then denying them later, but admits she was furious at the idea when it was initially launched.

“It was like the mouth of hell opened up, oh my God, ‘We’re going to do it about Kurt!’ And 22 years later, I’m still kicking myself for not having the shark instinct to be like, ‘Well,’ and fk ’em later. I went nuclear. ‘I’m not doing Faust, who the hell do you think you are?! ‘”

Love also mentioned that Edward Norton, who she was dating at the time and co-starred in the film, was upset when he found out but couldn’t do anything about it. It was around this time that director David Fincher called to tell her that she had been let go from the role.

“Edward comes home, he starts sobbing — his mother had just died, so it was very much allowed — but he said, ‘I don’t have the power’ … My landline rang and it was David Fincher. I knew it would be him. By the way, God bless Helena Bonham Carter. She’s a genius. I’ve never seen that movie … And yes, he fired me because I wouldn’t let Brad play Kurt.”

Love mentions that Pitt would continue to try to make a film about Cobain through his production company Plan B in the following years. She also brought up director Cameron Crowe, who Love said joked that Pitt had been put on the ground to pursue Love for the role.

“My friend Cameron Crowe was like — I don’t think he meant it as literally as it’s gotten — but like, ‘Brad Pitt was put on this earth to pursue you for Kurt,’ which has been going on since ’96. “

While Pitt would never play Cobain in a film, director Gus Van Sant would go on to make a film largely considered to be about Cobain in the 2005s Last days. However, for legal reasons, the film makes no mention of the legendary artist.

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