Quentin Tarantino commented on the stunt car crash gone wrong involving actress, Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill. The director called the incident “one of the biggest regrets” of his career and life, however, he claims that the stunt was safe at the time adding that he didn’t force Thurman into performing it.
Tarantino addressed the car crash two days after Thurman spoke of the incident in a New York Times story detailing allegations of sexual assault against disgraced mogul, Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein acted as a producer for Kill Bill and was collaborated with Tarantino on a number of other projects.
Thurman said that she felt uncomfortable filming the driving shot and strained her relationship with Tarantino after the crash because she was not allowed to view the footage. The filmmaker recently provided her with the footage after which the actress forgave Tarantino in an Instagram post on Monday.
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. i do not believe though with malicious intent. Quentin Tarantino, was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event, and gave me the footage years later so i could expose it and let it see the light of day, regardless of it most likely being an event for which justice will never be possible. he also did so with full knowledge it could cause him personal harm, and i am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage. THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE. for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress. the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity. CAA never sent anyone to Mexico. i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.
Tarantino said that he had spoken with Thurman before the Time story was published claiming that he supported her decision and wanted to contribute to the report.
“Part of my job on the piece was to do an interview with Maureen Dowd, and back up Uma’s claims,” Tarantino said. “And we never hooked up. Me and Dowd never hooked up.”
As for the crash itself, the filmmaker said he first drove the car himself to ensure Thurman’s safety. While the road had no hidden curves or dips for Tarantino, Thurman was then filmed driving in the opposite direction eventually hitting an S-curve and crashing.
The director labeled the incident as one of the biggest regrets of his life, and while they still continued to have a talkative relationship, “a trust was broken”.
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