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Subject: I remember when I saw Norman Mailer's art film "Maidstone" (clip posted above) for the first time, and it freaked the hell out of me! Torn and Mailer in a free-for-all ON CAMERA. Torn ripped Mailer in the head with a HAMMER, then Mailer bit a chunk of Torn's EAR! Crazy! ...
The film is now famous for the improvised fight between Norman Mailer and Rip Torn. As the camera rolled, Torn struck Mailer in the head with a hammer, intending to "kill his character". Mailer's scalp opened up, and a vicious fight ensued. With the camera still rolling, Torn energetically strangled Mailer until the fight was broken up by Mailer's wife, Beverly, and their wailing children. During the melee, Mailer bit off a small chunk of Torn's ear. The fight, in which the actors called each other by their real names, made it into the film. This "Maidstone Brawl" has over half million views on YouTube, despite the film's remaining 101 minutes having less popularity. ...