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Courtney Love kicked out of Fight Club for rejecting Brad Pitt Cobain film

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Courtney Love joined Marc Maron for an interview on the “WTF” podcast and said that David Fincher hired her to star opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in 1999’s “Fight Club.” Love said she won the part of Marla Singer, eventually played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film. The “Hole” frontwoman was fresh off strong reviews for “The People vs. Larry Flynt” at the time. According to Love, Kurt Cobain got kicked out of “Fight Club” after he turned down Brad Pitt’s pitch for a movie.

Love said he “went nuclear” on Pitt after he and director Gus Van Sant approached him about making a Kurt Cobain film. Love and Cobain married in 1992 and remained together until his death in 1994 at the age of 27. Van Sant eventually produced the Cobain-inspired drama “Last Days,” starring Michael Pitt, but Love said it was not a Pitt and director project. sought his approval.

“I wouldn’t let Brad play kart,” Love said. “I went nuclear. I do not Faust. Who do you think?”

Love added that he told Pitt the following: “I don’t know if I believe you and I don’t know if your movies are for profit. They’re really good social justice movies, but…if you don’t get me, you don’t get Kurt, And I don’t feel the same way about you, Brad.”

Love was kicked out of “Fight Club” only after turning down Pete’s Cobain movie, he said. According to Love, Norton broke the news to him. The two were romantic partners at the time.

“She started crying,” Love told Maron. “And she was like, ‘I don’t have the power!'”

Fincher reportedly called Love later to confirm that he had pulled the plug on the movie. Bonham Carter took on the role instead in the film, which originally bombed at the box office but has since become Fincher’s most popular directorial effort.

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