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Four Directors Who Torture Their Actors, from Hitch to Trier (CLIPS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 25, 2014 at 5:13PM

It's no secret that Lars von Trier pushes his actresses to the edge-- and sometimes all the way over. A director's commitment to wringing the most out of their actors dates back to another vainglorious Von: Eric von Stroheim ("Greed") was notorious for using offscreen acrimony to get what he wanted onscreen, while Alfred Hitchcock sent poor Tippi Hedren into a room to be pecked by live crows. Here are four directors who stop at nothing to get what they want from their actors.

This article is related to: Lars von Trier, Lars von Trier, Stanley Kubrick, Nymphomaniac, Darren Aronofsky, Features

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