This week, Marc Maron dropped the latest episode of his podcast, featuring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. They talked about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, of course, but they also shared stories from their entire careers.
And yet nothing made me laugh harder than the story of the Fight Club premiere at the 1999 Venice Film Festival, which Brad called "the best screening ever." According to him, "For some reason [Edward Norton and I] thought it would be a good idea to smoke a joint beforehand."
"We go in, and they put you up in a balcony and you sit next to the guy who runs the festival. Everyone's looking at you, they clap, you sit down, it's very formal. And then the movie starts."
"The first joke comes up — and it's crickets. It's dead silence. And another joke, and it's dead silent. This thing is not translating — you know, it's subtitles and it's not translating at all. And the more it happened, the funnier it got to Edward and I."
"So we just start laughing. We're the assholes in the back laughing at our own jokes — the only ones."
"And then at some point it gets to the Helena Bonham Carter line where she says, 'I haven't been fucked like that since grade school.' And I watched the festival guy — who had been squirming [for] the whole 30 minutes — just get up and leave."
"He doesn't say a word. He just gets up and leaves. Which makes us laugh even more. We had a good time."