Tarantino regrets Uma Thurman's Kill Bill stunt
Ace filmmaker Quentin Tarantino speaks about the Kill Bill crash of Uma Thurman.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has broken his silence on the brutal crash involving Uma Thurman on the sets of Kill Bill 15 years ago, saying the stunt has been the biggest regret of his life.
Tarantino has been feeling the heat ever since Thurman shared details of the crash and the injuries she suffered for an article in a leading newspaper on Saturday. The actor also accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct for the first time in the same article.
Thurman said the on-set crash in Mexico in 2002 left her suffering a concussion and damaged knees. She shared the full footage of the incident on her Instagram page on Monday, showing the moment she crashed into a tree while filming for Tarantino's film.
The actor clarified that Tarantino had given her the footage before adding that he was 'deeply regretful and remains remorseful' over the incident. She also made it clear that she blames Weinstein and accused him of lying and destroying evidence.
Tarantino, who has drawn criticism ever since the details of the crash emerged, stated that he was the one who gave the footage to Thurman to help her with the article. "Again, that is one of the biggest regrets of my life. As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn't take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see," he said.
"She showed up, in a good mood. We did the shot. And she crashed. At first, no one really knew what happened. After the crash, when Uma went to the hospital, I was in total anguish at what had happened. I walked the road, going the opposite direction. And in walking the road, going in the other direction... I don't know how a straight road turns into an un-straight road, but it wasn't as straight. It wasn't the straight shot that it had been, going the other way. There is a little mini S-curve that almost seemed like it opened up to a mini fork in the road," he added.
The filmmaker said he dug up the 15-year-old footage after speaking to Thurman about how she was going to reveal her encounters with Weinstein. "Uma and I had talked about it, for a long period of time, deciding how she was going to do it. She wanted clarity on what happened in that car crash, after all these years," he said.