Quentin Tarantino is actually opening up following Uma Thurman’s explosive interview with the brand new York Times, in which she accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, claimed in which Tarantino knew of the alleged encounter, as well as also put her life at risk while filming Kill Bill.
In Thurman’s interview, the actress claimed in which Tarantino put her in jeopardy during the production of Kill Bill when he insisted in which she drive a car for a scene, despite the actress’ multiple requests for a stunt driver to shoot the scene in her place because she felt unsafe.
Ultimately, shooting the scene lead to Thurman crashing the automobile into a palm tree as well as sustaining injuries in which she claims she still struggles with. The footage coming from the crash, which Thurman said took nearly 15 years to get a hold of, was included within the Times article.
“I am guilty, for putting her in in which car, yet not the way in which people are saying I am guilty of the item,” the director said in an interview with Deadline on Monday. “the item’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do in which stunt.”
According to Thurman, Weinstein’s production company, Miramax, didn’t want to Discharge the footage of the crash without the actress signing a document “releasing them of any consequences of my future pain as well as suffering.” She claims to have also gotten into a screaming fight with Tarantino when he refused to give the item to her.
“We had a fateful fight at Soho House in brand new York in 2004 as well as we were shouting at each some other because he wouldn’t let me see the footage as well as he told me in which was what they had all decided,” Thurman told the brand new York Times, adding dryly in which the director “finally atoned” by giving the item to her 15 years after the incident.
According to Tarantino, Uma asked him for the footage because she “wanted clarity on what happened in in which car crash, after all these years,” as well as in which, after searching for the item as well as ultimately finding the item, he “was very happy to get the item to Uma.”
“She had been denied the item, coming from Harvey Weinstein, being able to even see the footage. I wanted to deliver the item to her, so she could look at the item. So she could see the item as well as help her with her memory of the incident,” Tarantino added.
“Uma thought I had acquiesced to them not letting her see the footage. I didn’t know any of in which was necessarily going on. I knew they weren’t letting her see the footage, yet I didn’t know she thought I was part of in which,” he said.
As for her request for a stunt driver, Thurman recalled the director rejected her request, telling the NYT, “Quentin came in my trailer as well as didn’t like to hear no, like any director. He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. yet I was scared. He said: ‘I promise you the automobile is actually fine. the item’s a straight piece of road.'”
“yet in which was a death box in which I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. the item was a sand road as well as the item was not a straight road,” she added. within the article, the Times noted in which Tarantino did not respond to their requests for comment.
Tarantino later shared his recollection of the day in question in his Deadline interview, explaining, “I start hearing coming from the production manager, Bennett Walsh, in which Uma is actually trepidatious about doing the driving shot. None of us ever considered the item a stunt. the item was just driving. None of us looked at the item as a stunt. Maybe we should have, yet we didn’t.”
“I’m sure when the item was brought up to me, in which I rolled my eyes as well as was irritated. yet I’m sure I wasn’t in a rage as well as I wasn’t livid. I didn’t go barging into Uma’s trailer, screaming at her to get into the automobile,” he continued. “Anyone who knows Uma knows in which going into her trailer as well as screaming at her to do something is actually not the way to get her to do something. in which’s a bad tactic, as well as I’d been shooting the movie with her for an entire year by This specific time. I would certainly never react to her This specific way.”
The director recalled getting behind the wheel of a car as well as driving the road in which Thurman would certainly be traversing to make sure the item was safe as well as straight. Feeling the item was an easy drive, Tarantino said he convinced Thurman in which the item was fine to drive, as well as she trusted him. However, before the scene was filmed, they decided to have her drive the opposite direction along the road than previously planned.
“I thought, a straight road is actually a straight road as well as I didn’t think I needed to run the road again to make sure there wasn’t any difference, going within the opposite direction. Again, in which is actually one of the biggest regrets of my life,” Tarantino said. “As a director, you learn things as well as sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. in which was one of my most horrendous mistakes, in which I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would certainly see.”
“the item was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, the item is actually one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons,” he added. “the item affected me as well as Uma for the next two to three years. the item wasn’t like we didn’t talk. yet a trust was broken — a trust broken over a year of shooting.”
Tarantino also opened up about his involvement with forcing Weinstein to apologize to Thurman for allegedly trying to force himself on her.
“I made Harvey apologize to Uma … my confrontation was saying, ‘You have to go to Uma. This specific happened. You have to apologize to her as well as she has to accept your apology if we’re going to do Kill Bill together,'” he recalled. “Harvey tried to de-emphasize things as well as say things weren’t exactly the way they were… ‘Well, she was doing This specific, as well as she’s saying in which.’ yet in which didn’t work, because I knew she wasn’t lying.”
“I knew he was lying, in which everything Uma was saying was the truth,” he added. “When he tried to wriggle out of the item as well as how things actually happened, I never bought his story.”
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