Norman Mailer on the set of "Maidstone"

Jack Graves
1968

When Norman Mailer arrived in 1968 to write, direct, and star in a film he called "Maidstone," and the populace was abuzz. The film was to be about a director of pornographic films who runs for president, a number of East Hampton's showplaces and Gardiner's Island were to be locations, and the script was to be ad-libbed. By the time shooting was over, Rip Torn, the actor and a friend, had hit Mr. Mailer on the head with a toy hammer, Mr. Mailer had bitten Mr. Torn's ear and drawn blood, and Lane Smith, an actor, had a broken jaw, which he said was the result of a punch from Jose Torres, a former lightweight boxing champion.
Norman Mailer on the set of "Maidstone"