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31 ottobre 2013

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 Mailer’s wailing children. During the melee, Mailer bit off a small chunk of Rip Torn’s ear. The fight, in which the actors called each other by their real names, made it into the film, and the segment has proven very popular online in recent years.

Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate. His first novel was The Naked and the Dead, published in 1948. His best work was widely considered to be The Executioner’s Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Mailer’s book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award.

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