Quentin Tarantino opens up about Uma Thurman's accusations
Hollywood actress Uma Thurman recently accused celebrated director Quentin Tarantino of coercing her to drive a car that she believed was faulty, resulting in permanent injury. The director has finally opened up about the crash which took place while shooting for Kill Bill and calls it his biggest regret. However, Tarantino denied any involvement in hiding the footage of her crash which Uma deemed she got hold of after great difficulty.
In a detailed interview with Deadline, regarding the crash Tarantino said, "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. Uma asked, could I get her the footage? I had to find it, 15 years later. We had to go through storage facilities, pulling out boxes... I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think we were going to be able to find it. It was clear and it showed the crash and the aftermath. I was very happy to get it to Uma.”
It came as a surprise to Tarantino when the New York Times article portrayed him a villain in this incident. Thurman realizing this, defended her director in an Instagram post putting the blame on producers Lawrence Bender, E Bennett Walsh and Harvey Weinstein. However, Tarantino still feels responsible for it. He said, "I start hearing from the production manager, Bennett Walsh, that Uma is trepidatious about doing the driving shot. None of us ever considered it a stunt. It was just driving. None of us looked at it as a stunt. Maybe we should have, but we didn’t. I’m sure when it was brought up to me, that I rolled my eyes and was irritated. But I’m sure I wasn’t in a rage and I wasn’t livid. I didn’t go barging into Uma’s trailer, screaming at her to get into the car.”
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 also talked about when Thurman told him about Weinstein, who had behaved in a similar manner with Tarantino’s then girlfriend Mira Sorvino. He said, “While we were getting ready to do Kill Bill, Uma tells me that he had done the same thing to her. That was when I realised there was a pattern, in Harvey’s luring and pushing attacks. So I made Harvey apologise to Uma.”
Regarding other accusations that he spat and choked Thurman for a shot in Kill Bill, the director said that it was done in complete trust and the shot demanded that. He ultimately blamed the NYT writer Maureen Dowd for her obtuse usage of language.