Bad Acting

You want to see some over-acting, fuckers? Here’s Norman Mailer vs Rip Torn on the set of a movie Mailer created in the late 60s called Maidstone. He played the part of a famous movie director who is considering a run for the presidency. Rip Torn played his potential assassin. At the end of filming, Rip appeared to get a little too far into his role, and he attacked Mailer on camera with a hammer, drawing blood. Mailer retaliated by viciously biting into Torn’s ear, drawing even more blood. This is the fight.

It’s debatable how “surprised” that Mailer was by the attack, but it should be noted that he still had the camera crew hanging around and filming, the day after production had allegedly “ended” on the picture. However, the blood from both men is undeniably real, as are the horrified reactions of Mailer’s children (his wife, on the other hand, seems to be overacting badly). Torn’s ear was damaged so badly, he had to have it partly stitched back on later that day, so though he claims that he “pulled” the hammer blow to soften the impact, Mailer definitely didn’t hold back in his bite.