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The Maidstone Brawl

This is the infamous clip of the ten-minute brawl between Norman Mailer and Rip Torn in the film Maidstone. According to Wikipedia: 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.
A transcript with pictures is also available. Enjoy the clip after the jump.