Courtney Love Reportedly ‘Blackmailed’ By Brad Pitt

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Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love has accused popular actor Brad Pitt for getting her fired from ‘Fight Club.’  It has been noted that Courtney didn’t plan to mention Brad Pitt during that juicy interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast this week, but she’s explaining now why she did it.

As a recap, Love told Maron that she had originally been cast in the 1999 David Fincher movie Fight Club, to play the role of Marla that eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter.  The actress and Grammy-nominated musician alleged that she was set for the David Fincher film’s key role of Marla Singer — eventually to be played by Helena Bonham Carter — before Pitt intervened and got her “fired.” Love stated that this happened because she “wouldn’t let Brad play” her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, after he pitched her on the idea.

Love said that she’d been fired, however, after turning down Pitt and director Gus Van Sant’s request at the same time to make a movie about her late husband, Kurt Cobain. She used the term “went nuclear” to describe her reaction. Pitt had planned to play the Nirvana frontman, who died by suicide at 27 in 1994.

Courtney Love clarifies her statement

On Friday, Love clarified her comments in a lengthy statement:

“Hi. Regarding a story, I told on the @marcmaron #wtf podcast. A story I was never going to 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.

“I understand how much of a game of roulette casting is. I am not here 22 years later bitching about losing a part playing someone’s side piece in a movie.

“On the podcast, I recount the day Brad & Gus Van Sant called me from lunch and tried to blackmail me over my role, for the rights to a film about Kurt. I lost my shit on them, and by 7 pm I was fired from Fight Club. Every word of this is factual. This was always a secret that I was fine keeping.

“It’s a movie. Indeed, I passed on better roles than that. Who cares?”