Singer and actress Courtney Love got good reviews for her turn in The People Vs. Larry Flint and it’s arguably her most famous role. When she appeared recently on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast she made a claim about another near miss role that would have been higher profile. She claimed she was cast in Fight Club, and then fired.
The role in question was Marla Singer, eventually played by Helena Bonham Carter Love claims she was fired because she rejected a pitch for a biopic about her deceased husband Kurt Cobain. Brad Pitt was behind the pitch. Love says her refusal doomed her on the movie:
“I wouldn’t let Brad play Kurt. I went nuclear. I don’t do Faust. Who the f— do you think are?”
She claims Pitt is still trying to make the movie to this day, and re-pitched in 202 when she told him:
“I don’t know if I trust you, and I don’t know that your movies are for profit. They’re really good social justice movies, but if you don’t get me, you kind of don’t get Kurt, and I don’t feel like you do, Brad.”
She claims that after the original rejection of Pitt, director David Fincher called her directly to tell her she was out of Fight Club, and that her lover at the time was co-star Ed Norton who complained that he didn’t have the power to get her reinstated in the movie.