A Handsaw and a Syringe

How the movie Barfly got made:

"He has been trying to make this movie for seven years," Bukowski said.

"A few months ago, it looked like Cannon was about to cancel it. Barbet goes into the office of Menahem Golan, the president of Cannon, with an electric handsaw. He pulls out a syringe of Novocain and shoots it into his little finger. He says he will cut off his finger if Menahem doesn't make the movie, and that he will continue to cut off parts of his body and send them to Menahem until he agrees to make the movie. Menahem tells him to go to hell. Barbet plugs in the handsaw." 

Source: RogerEbert.SunTimes.com
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