Quentin Tarantino opened up about the crash on the set of Kill Bill where Uma Thurman was almost injured in what he described as “the biggest regret” of his life. During an interview with Deadline published on Monday, Quentin said he felt “guilty” for what had happened to Uma after she got into a car that crashed into a tree.
However, Tarantino said it didn’t happen in the manner in which people have explained previously. As you may know, Celebrity Insider reported that Uma spoke with The New York Times and detailed the incident as well as the allegation against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer.
The Kill Bill director said getting her in the car was a severe mistake on his part. Nevertheless, he wanted to “offer closure,” to help her remember what had happened that day.
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 admitted he knew Uma didn’t like driving and was scared to do so. As a result, and as a precautionary measure, he thought he made sure she would be safe by test driving the course himself.
The Hateful Eight director said he “listened” to her demands and they had “set everything up,” so she wouldn’t get hurt. Despite the reports that he “screamed at her,” Quentin said going into her trailer and yelling at the actress is not the way to get Thurman to do something, so the allegation that he was coarse with her is false.
The Reservoir Dogs creator claimed he would never treat her in such a manner. Tarantino revealed he test drove the path himself but never took the opposite direction back, so he didn’t anticipate the brutal S-curve which caused her to crash the car while the cameras rolled.
As a result of the incident, Tarantino said he learned a lot “as a director,” and it was a horrendous mistake, indeed, one that regretted. The Inglorious Basterds director said he was in “total anguish” following the incident.