Quentin Tarantino is being torn apart on social media for his response to the Uma Thurman crash
Users are pointing out the one thing he didn't say.
Quentin Tarantino has said that a car crash on the set of Kill Bill in 2002 which injured Uma Thurman is the biggest regret of his life, but stopped short of apologising.
He has drawn criticism ever since the details of the crash emerged, and told Deadline he retrieved the 15-year-old footage after speaking to Thurman for sometime 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.
Tarantino added the he "ended up taking the hit and taking the heat" when the NYT article was published.
The Kill Bill director recalled in great detail the day Thurman was injured while filming the driving scene.
He said when Thurman voiced concerns he personally drove down the road to test it out and informed her it was safe, and that no one on the set considered it a stunt.
"I came in there all happy telling her she could totally do it, it was a straight line, you will have no problem. Uma's response was… 'Okay.' Because she believed me. Because she trusted me. I told her it would be okay. I told her the road was a straight line. I told her it would be safe. And it wasn't. I was wrong. I didn't force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me,' he said.
"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 feeling in total anguish at what had happened.
"Watching her fight for the wheel… remembering me hammering about how it was safe and she could do it. Emphasising that it was a straight road, a straight road… the fact that she believe me, and I literally watched this little S curve pop up. And it spins her like a top,' Tarantino said in the interview.
"It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life."
Thurman was left concussed and injured her knees after the accident.
But Twitter has not taken Tarantino's response well.
k got it pic.twitter.com/arRcXYx9mo
— Morgan A Baila (@morganbaila) February 6, 2018
The way he talks about this and the way some of the questions are framed — Q: "it sounds like you were an accomplice in helping her tell her story to the NYT" A: "I was absolutely being her accomplice" — is very weird (and yes self-serving, no surprise) https://t.co/XXsMkUZI0W
— Nina Metz (@Nina_Metz) February 6, 2018
So Tarantino is pissed he didn’t come off as well as he’d like in an article he neglected to participate in? And now he’s setting the record straight. I wasn’t as annoyed with him before as I am now. https://t.co/nhbNvy2a2m pic.twitter.com/zWrdVu2Nb3
— J❄️anna Robinson (@jowrotethis) February 6, 2018
Thurman spoke about the crash and the injuries she suffered for the first this weekend in a New York Times article that also accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
She shared the full footage of the accident on her Instagram, which shows her ploughing into a tree.
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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.
Social media users did not feel Tarantino was being genuine, however, and were quick to call his response "evasive" and "weak sauce BS."
Glad QT finally said something, but man this is some weak sauce BS. If he knew Uma wanted the car footage, he could have maybe done something, anything to help? https://t.co/ahoJuMaKKX pic.twitter.com/OKSRbp5iBN
— Devindra Hardawar (@Devindra) February 6, 2018
tarantino LITERALLY refers to the car accident as the "biggest regret" of his life in the intro & by the end it's reduced back down to "car stuff" ... it's p clear how much responsibility he actually feels (0.08%) pic.twitter.com/kwHeTZAmEQ
— Morgan A Baila (@morganbaila) February 6, 2018
This interview's a lot to take in. Tarantino is tough to pin down. He's very open in his answers, apologetic in some ways, but also evasive and blame-shifting in others. And the entire part about choking/spitting on actresses seems even more fucked up now
— Jonathan Lack (@JonathanLack) February 6, 2018