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5 Film Directors Who 'Definitely Crossed the Line'

Listverse: They apparently got a little too ambitious on set while creating their art
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
Quentin Tarantino, writer/director of the upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," gestures to the audience during a presentation at CinemaCon 2018 at Caesars Palace on April 23, 2018, in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – There's immersing yourself in your art, and then there's drowning yourself and the others who work for you. Listverse takes a look at famous movie directors who maybe got a little overzealous during film production, alleged to have caused emotional and physical damage and, in one case, deaths. Here, Listverse's compilation of those who "definitely crossed the line":

  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Dracula
    What he's accused of doing: Coppola is said to have, along with co-star Keanu Reeves, subjected Winona Ryder to verbal abuse (including calling her a whore) so that she'd have the equivalent of a nervous breakdown during her scenes.
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds, Marnie
    What he's accused of doing: Tippi Hedren has revealed some disturbing goings-on behind the scenes on these two films, alleging that the famed director hugged her too much, groped her, confessed his fantasy of running away with her, and even sent her bread with a card that said, "Eat me."

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