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Desc:Rip Torn attacks Norman Mailer with a hammer on the set of Maidstone.
Category:Classic Movies, Horror
Tags:fight, rip torn, norman mailer, maidstone
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Comment count is 54
athodyd - 2007-08-29
Method acting.
kiint - 2007-08-29
now if only it was Rip Taylor, THAT would be entertaining...not that I don't love Rip Torn (don't we all) but theres just not enough Rip Taylor on POE
doc duodenum - 2007-09-18
Rip Taylor vs. Norman Lear?

Vicious - 2007-11-08
Rip Taylor versus Truman Capote

B_Ko - 2008-09-25

threads - 2007-08-29
What the unholy fuck am I witnessing and why does it scare me so much.
Adramelech - 2007-08-29
So completely bizarre, a true classic.
FISTFULLofSOUL - 2007-08-29
i wish someone had the video of Rip Torn slapping the fuck out of dennis hopper...we love u Rip!
baleen - 2007-08-29

Amazing. This makes My Best Friend look tame.
baleen - 2007-08-29

Here's something I never knew:

In 1999, Torn filed a defamation lawsuit against Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[10] Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film Easy Rider. According to Hopper, Torn was originally cast in the film but was replaced with Jack Nicholson after the incident. According to Torn's suit, it was actually Hopper who pulled the knife on him. A judge ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was ordered to pay 5,000 in damages. Hopper then appealed but the judge again ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was required to pay another 5,000 in punitive damages.[11] Hopper then struck Torn three times in the head with a hammer.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2007-08-29
Ouch 950K? I guess that explains why he did Space Truckers.

athodyd - 2007-08-31
baleen: I'm glad to see that lasted as long as it did.

Hugo Gorilla - 2007-08-29
Patton won Best Picture in 1970 and Best Actor went to George C. Scott (although he declined) in the same year when Maidstone was made. I think the academy made a mistake, baby.
Vicious - 2008-01-13
This is "acting", technically, it's being batshit crazy.

Aoi - 2007-08-29
*wrestling noises*
Xiphias - 2007-08-29

Your Mother - 2007-08-29
No, baby. No, baby. You know you trust me. You trust me. You trust me. You trust me. You trust me.
boner - 2007-08-29
What you took was Orange Sunshine. You need some vitamin B-12 and put on some Allman Brothers records.
zatojones - 2007-08-29
Right in front of Mailer's kids. Nice stunt, asshole.
C. Eloi Marx - 2007-08-29
Torn didn't give Mailer as much punishment as he deserved; not only did he (Mailer) confuse people with his "reporting" fiction as fact but he also stabbed his own wife at a party.

Mailer deserves neither respect nor protection from Rip Torn's brutal fists of fury.

kanyakumari - 2009-04-28
Hard to do anything in Hollywood without doing it in front of Mailer's kids. He's got like fifty.

Stopheles - 2007-08-29
Mailer did a good job reversing that uranagi into a DDT.
TeenerTot - 2007-08-29
Put the camera down and help, assmunch.
LetsFistAgain - 2007-08-29
Picture Rip as Zed from Men In Black while watching this and it gets more hilarious.

FABIO2 - 2007-09-06
Actually no, it's funnier imagining him as RIP TORN and not "the guy from Men in Black".

How old are you?

LetsFistAgain - 2007-11-05
Old enough not to get pissy and act like a complete bitch when someone dares to mention somethign a bit more commercial and not adhere to my OMG PRECIOUS AND SOPHISTICATED TASTE IN MOVIES FAR BEYOND THE PREFERNECES OF MY CONFOMIST COUNTERPART! Grow up.

FABIO2 - 2008-01-12
Hopefully you'll stop being such a dumb kid someday. Here's some help to get you started on that journey.

You watched a clip that everyone thought was funny because Rip Torn is taking method acting to an extreme and terrorizing a set. This is obvious to anyone who's not a dumb kid.

You, being a dumb kid, immediately blurt out the only role you know Rip Torn from, a nondescript bit part in a recent Will Smith movie. "HEY WOW WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNIER IF IT WAS MORE LIKE THAT?" This shows you're a kid who hasn't watched movies more than 10 years old, but not knowing Rip Torn's older roles is only a snowflake on the whole dumb kid iceberg since the character of Zed has fuck all to with anything here.

Quit being such a dumb kid.

Harold Manchester - 2008-12-22

Everyone knows Dodgeball was a much funnier role if we're going to be imagining things.

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FISTFULLofSOUL - 2007-08-29
hey now...where's hank?
Rudy - 2007-08-29
I think the wailing of the children is what makes this video a classic. Without that, it's just two out of shape actors trying to kill each other.
Rudy - 2007-08-29
I meant celebrities, not actors.

Ahriman the Creepy Lurker - 2007-08-29
Well, at least someone got to hit Mailer with a hammer. To bad he didn't hit him harder.
Xiphias - 2007-08-29
Camonk - 2007-08-29
I had to do it, baby. You know that.
Roachbud - 2007-08-29
Daddy would you like some sausages?
kiint - 2007-08-29
daddy would like some more purple microdot

minimalist - 2007-08-29
Don't take this as a threat, but I killed a man like you in Korea, hand to hand.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2007-08-29
I would pay to see two hours of this.
Michael Houser - 2007-08-29
Rip Torn is kickass!
Did he ever work with Klaus Kinski?
Smellvin - 2007-08-29
-1 because the guy on top have innumerable opportunities for an arm bar, but he just sat there cuddling.
oswaldtheluckyrabbit - 2007-08-29
Hey, he doesn't deserve that! The Naked and the Dead was a good book, right?

Herr Matthias - 2007-08-30
That fact that this MADE IT INTO THE FUCKING MOVIE is what makes it a classic.
Jeff Fries - 2007-08-30
Wow, the 70s was full of artists
Aquaman - 2007-08-30
Take that! And that! And this one's for "Tough Guys Don't Dance"!
revdrew - 2007-09-01
The late 60s through mid 70s is my golden age of cinema.
citrusmirakel - 2007-09-02
I tried to submit this to the hopper twice, and it failed both times.

Screw you, hopper!
ChocFullOfFunk - 2007-09-04
Ever wonder who Rip Torn's (great * 12) grandparents were?


FABIO2 - 2007-09-18
Someone give me the backstory on this.
Syd Midnight - 2007-12-17
If Wikipedia isn't wrong, "While filming Maidstone, Torn, apparently unhappy with the film, struck director and star of the film Norman Mailer three times in the head with a hammer. With the camera rolling, Mailer bit Torn's ear and they wrestled to the ground. The fight continued until it was broken up by cast and crew members as Mailer's children screamed in the background. The fight is featured in the film. Although the scene may have been planned by Torn, the bloodshed by both actors is real and Torn was reportedly truly outraged by Mailer's direction."
Dummy Rum - 2008-01-27
Thanks, but the context didn't make it any more interesting.

coprolalia - 2008-12-03

Maru - 2012-02-25
an old favorite
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