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The Most Offensive Line In The OG Fight Club Script Is Still A Shocker Even Today

Broke all the rules of Fight Club.

When Fight Club dropped in 1999, the film something of a cult hit that lacked in box office appeal but made up for it in cultural clout. While there are elements in the movie that have aged pretty poorly in the two decades since its release, there’s one line that will forever stand the test of time.

No it’s not the iconic “first rule of Fight Club” line.

I’m talking about the hilariously dark “I haven’t been f**ked like that since grade school” line Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) says to Tyler (Brad Pitt/Edward Norton) after they’ve finished doing the beast with two backs for the first time.

It’s super wrong, horribly disgusting and yet it shows how David Fincher managed to perfectly capture the tone of Chuck Palahniuk’s original novel. But as dark as the line is, the OG line Fincher had in mind for the scene was even worse (or better depending on your mileage).

Author Sharon Waxman revealed in her book, Rebels on the Backlot (via The Wrap), that Fight Club producer Laura Ziskin was a huge supporter of David Fincher’s vision for the film but even she had some lines simply wouldn’t cross.

One of the most notable moments of conflict between the two was the aforementioned “grade school” line. In the book and OG script, Marla was supposed to turn to Tyler and say, “I want to have your abortion.”

Yeah.

Unsurprisingly, Ziskin thought the line went way too far but Fincher held firm. Despite the “abortion” line getting big laughs at the test screening, Ziskin begged Fincher to change it and he ultimately relented on the condition he has final say on whatever the replacement line is and no one is allowed to change it.

Ziskin agreed and said the famous last words: “Anything. Nothing could be worse than ‘I want to have your abortion.’ Go ahead.”

Fincher reshot the scene with the “I haven’t been f**ked like grade school” line and it got an even bigger laugh from test audiences, which Ziskin responded with even more shock and begged Fincher to put the “abortion” line back in. However, this time he refused due to the agreement they had made and it was kept in the final film.

Ziskin’s reaction to Fincher after hearing the replacement line (presumably).

As an extra cherry on top of this story, Helena Bonham Carter later revealed on the Fight Club DVD commentary to Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton that she didn’t quite get the “grade school” line because it means something different in the UK (where she’s from) and only later found out it meant primary school in America, much to her disgust.

Your mileage may vary on how funny and/or offensive those two post-coital lines are, but there’s no denying the delicious irony of censorship accidentally creating something even worse in a film that can be interpreted as tearing down established norms.

Gina Rodriguez Saying The N-Word Is Just The Latest In A History Of Tone-Deaf Comments

Once is a mistake, but three times? That's becoming a pattern.

Hollywood isn’t short on celebrities who have found themselves in a spot of bother after saying something offensive or tone-deaf. The latest to head up that list is none other than Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who thought it was a good idea to casually drop the N-word on Instagram.

The actress shared a video of herself rapping along to the Fugees song ‘Ready or Not,’ which contains the lyric, “n***** give me heebie-jeebies,” and clearly thought it was fine to say the N-word without any repercussions.

As it turns out, the backlash was as swift as it was unrelenting and she quickly deleted the video. But the internet being what it is, some folk managed to keep a copy of Gina’s receipts.

Okay, it’s never okay to say the N-word in any circumstance (unless you’re black) regardless of whether you’re Gina Rodriguez or whoever but at least this is just the first time she’s – *checks notes* – oh wait, this is definitely not the first time Gina’s gotten in trouble with the black community for saying something tone-deaf.

There was that time when Gina interrupted an interviewer who said Yara Shahidi is an inspiration to black women and attempted to correct him by saying Shahidi is actually an inspiration to “women” in general, resulting in a wave of claims that she’s erasing black women.

Then there were those times when Gina copped a bunch of flak for clumsily trying to address racial inequality in Hollywood by erroneously claiming that black women get paid more than Latinas in the entertainment industry and are therefore part of the whole pay gap problem.

When she was rightfully called out on her well-intentioned but tone-deaf comments, Gina turned on the waterworks and tried to play the “my dad is Afro-Latino and my extended family has ties to the black community card” to unsurprisingly mixed results.

You would’ve think Gina would’ve learned something about not putting her foot in her mouth after her history of unsavoury comments but if her apology for the N-word video is anything to go by, it appears she’s learned a whole heap of nothing.

In a follow-up apology video that’s dripping with passive-aggressiveness, Gina says she’s sorry if she “offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song [she] love, that [she] grew up on—[she loves] Lauryn Hill—and, [she’s] really am sorry if [she] offended you.”

So not only is Gina clearly still not getting why her comments a problematic but it seems like she thinks singing the N-word is perfectly fine because it’s a song she loves and grew up with. Well okay then.

It almost feels like Gina Rodriguez has been taking PR lessons from Scarlett Johansson, which would explain a lot about the Jane the Virgin star’s faux pas actually.

Andy Serkis' Greatest Role Isn't Gollum On Lord Of The Rings, It's This Talking Anus

Thanks for that, Gollum.

Look, it’s all there in the headline. Andy Serkis, the man and voice behind Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and basically every Hollywood movie with a CGI character in it, has hit a new peak in his glistening career with the greatest role he’ll likely ever play: a talking anus.

Seriously.

TMI there, Andy.

Now Serkis isn’t squeezing into a motion-capture suit (again) to play a literal arsehole that can speak for a some big-budget Hollywood movie about… whatever has a talking butthole in it.

He’s in fact voicing an animated talking anus for a campaign about fatbergs. Now I’m sure you’re wondering “what in the name of all things holy is a fatberg” and “what on earth does that have to do with a talking butthole?”

Well a fatberg is a congealed mass formed by non-biodegradable waste (such as wet wipes) that’s flushed down the toilet and are subsequently bound together by grease or fat, causing big clogging problems in sewer systems around the world.

To raise awareness about this issue, Andy has decided to, ahem, voice a talking anus for a PSA video for non-profit group City to Sea highlighting the negative impact our addiction to wet wipes are and to call on everyone to “be a good arsehole” by disposing of them properly rather than flushing them down the toilet.

Once again this bears repeating because it’ll never cease to be amusing: Andy. Serkis. Is. A. Talking. Arsehole.

I don’t know Andy personally but I have a feeling he’ll be pretty proud of the fact that his CV will now forever read, “Andy Serkis, the man behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, was once the voice of a talking anus.”

In a kind of dark, nightmare fuel kind of way, it’s almost disappointing he didn’t go full motion-capture method for this role like he usually does, but maybe this is one time where method acting probably isn’t the best idea.

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