The 1986 erotic romantic drama film “9½ Weeks”, based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, showed director Adrian Lyne using emotionally manipulative tactics on lead actress Kim Basinger, who played the co-lead character Elizabeth McGraw, during the shooting to elicit the performance he wanted from the actress, which Basinger later criticized harshly.
An example of this, Lyne did not allow lead actor Mickey Rourke , who played the co-lead character John Gray, and Basinger to talk to each other off-set. The two were kept isolated from each other. Then Lyne would tell Basinger rumors about how Rourke intended to make her like or dislike him so that she would carry that attitude into the scene. In turn, Lyne would also offer Rourke performance notes, but Basinger none, in order to unnerve her. In a very unusual and expensive move along these lines, Lyne shot the film sequentially. This was so that Basinger’s actual emotional breakdown over time would be effectively translated to the screen.
“9½ Weeks” has always been a controversial film but the one thing that seems to mostly be praised is Rourke and Basinger’s chemistry. And that is shown in the evidence that the film gained a huge following on home video, and regardless of its reception, both Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke became huge stars because of the film.