Courtney Love says she was almost in Fight club.
In fact, the rocker said during Monday’s release WTF with Marc Maron? that she was officially chosen to play Marla, a role that eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter, in the 1999 cult classic. Love claimed she was fired from the film after she went “nuclear” against Brad Pitt and director Gus Van Sant when they approached her about a project based on her late husband Kurt Cobain. He shut the whole thing down.
“I wouldn’t let Brad play Kurt,” Love said.
He made it clear that the discussion was about a different movie than Last daysA 2005 Van Sant film inspired by the late Nirvana frontman, who committed suicide in 1994. He was 27 years old.
The Hole rocker said he felt sorry for Pete the way he reacted.
Still, Love noted that he had a chance to change his mind and didn’t, as back in 2020 he said no to Pete’s proposed biopic about the “In Bloom” singer.
“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…,” Love told Pitt. “If you don’t understand me, you kind of don’t understand Kurt, and I don’t feel the same way about you, Brad.”
Love said he wants to make a Cobain movie eventually with someone else.
And he mentioned another recognizable name in his story.
“My friend Cameron Crowe [told me] Brad Pitt was put on this earth to chase you for Kurt, which has been going on since ’96,” he said.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Pitt and the studios Fight club for comment, but did not receive a response.
Love was married to Cobain from February 1992 until his death. Their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, turned 30 in August.