Rip Torn vs. Norman Mailer

Rip Torn vs. Norman Mailer

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Enjoying a DVD of ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ I was inspired to look up Rip
Torn in Wikipedia. How did I miss this weird piece of counterculture lore?

‘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.’

Feast your eyes — complete with subtitles. — ‘Pardon, Papa.’

Image by Alan Light, from Wikipedia.


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