There's a great post over at The Guardian about actors and directors and the crazy relationships that can ensue.
It seems that there are more than a few directors that like or feel that they get better performances out of an actor if they are made to suffer for it. If it's made really, really hard to get through.
I think that some of this is due to the actor having a really really in depth story to tell. As in they are very personally invested in the material, because it borderline traumatizing them. Many actors, especially starting out, don't do the required due diligence to a part to make it either simply believable or make sense logically in the scene.
What are your thoughts on the great suffering of actors? do tell!