Solanas wanted Warhol to read her work
Solanas met Andy Warhol in 1967 outside of his studio, The Factory, the tinfoil-lined insides of which were meticulously recreated for American Horror Story. She gave Warhol a copy of Up Your Ass and asked him to produce it. He agreed to read it, but later lost it, which would prove a grievous mistake. Still, he temporarily alleviated Solanas’ woes about the lost manuscript by paying her $25 to appear in his film, I, A Man. She agreed to the part, and also had a small role in Warhol’s other 1967 film, Bikeboy.
But Solanas was still obsessed with getting her play produced, to the point that she grew violent. She visited Margo Feiden, a New York-based producer, in June of 1968 to convince her to make Up Your Ass, but Feiden refused. Solanas then showed Feiden a recently purchased gun and declared her intention to shoot Warhol. “Yes, you will produce the play, because I'll shoot Andy Warhol and that will make me famous and the play famous, and then you'll produce it,” Solanas allegedly said, before leaving Feiden’s office.
Feiden contacted authorities, but they did nothing. The next day, on June 4, Solanas arrived at The Factory and shot at Warhol three times, missing the first two times but hitting him on the third. She also shot art critic Mario Amaya in the hip and tried to shoot Warhol’s manager, Fred Hughes, but the gun jammed. She exited The Factory, and later that day turned herself into authorities. Warhol survived the attempted murder after a five-hour surgery.