In her memoir, Moreno admitted that she was raped twice, and then almost a third time at a Columbia Pictures party. That would certainly explain why, in the middle of Anita's rape scene, Moreno had a breakdown and cried for a good 45 minutes. She later said that the sequence, "opened up some wounds that I thought had been healed" but, depressingly, she wasn't talking about just her sexual assault. She was probably also referring to her experiences with racism.
As a native Puerto Rican, Moreno had to fight tooth and nail against racial prejudices since she was a kid, and then found out Hollywood still only wanted to cast her in "gang-related and hooker-related parts." So the experience of having a bunch of white boys sling racial slurs at Anita before raping her must have felt to Moreno like being punched by a gigantic Voltron made up of all the horrible shit that's ever happened to her.
United ArtistsAnd then had to spend the rest of her life flipping past it every time she ran across that shit playing on cable.
Haing Somnang Ngor Relived The Entire Cambodian Genocide In The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields (1984) is a British drama about the barely remembered (in the West) Cambodian mass killings perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. It won an Oscar for Haing S. Ngor for his portrayal of Dith Pran, a real-life photojournalist who survived the slaughter of 3 million Cambodians by pretending to be simple-minded (Pol Pot's Khmers hated intelligence so much they actually killed people for reading books and wearing glasses.)
Ngor once said that The Killing Fields was "not cruel enough, not violent enough," and he knew what he was talking about.
Warner Bros.Typical Hollywood sugarcoating of history.
During the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror, Ngor himself spent years in the regime's labor camps, surviving on a diet of snails, leaves, and mice, being made to plow the fields like an ox while sadistic guards whipped him. He later watched his fiance die of starvation, had one of his fingers chopped off, and was almost burned alive twice, all to keep up his story that he was just an uneducated taxi driver. That's right -- just like the guy he was playing in the movie.
Ngor actually used to be surgeon (one of the intellectuals Pol Pot so bitterly feared and despised) who once barely escaped a Khmer patrol by abandoning his patient and letting him bleed out on the operating table. So maybe it was partially because of guilt that he'd agreed to audition for The Killing Fields after emigrating to the U.S. where a talent scout noticed that he looked "traumatized" enough for the gig. He won the role, and ultimately an Oscar, but the experience of reliving Holocaust Lite was so hard on Ngor that at one time he had to flee the set in a panic.
ROB BOREN/AFP/Getty Images"I'd like to dedicate this award to the brain demons that refuse to leave me alone."
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