David Fincher Looks Back at Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scathing Takedown of ‘Fight Club’

While David Fincher’s “Fight Club” polarized critics and audiences upon release in 1999, few people were as publicly incensed over the film as Paul Thomas Anderson, whose “Magnolia” opened the same year.

In a 2000 interview with Rolling Stone, Anderson gave a scathing takedown of Fincher’s movie, going so far as to wish cancer on Fincher due to the storyline in “Fight Club” in which the Narrator (Edward Norton) visits a testicular cancer support group despite not suffering from the illness.“I saw 30 minutes of it only because our trailer is playing in front of it,” Anderson said of “Fight Club” at the time.

“And I would love to go on railing about the movie, but I’m just going to pretend as if I haven’t seen it.

It’s just unbearable.

I wish David Fincher testicular cancer, for all of his jokes about it, I wish him testicular fucking cancer.

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