Quentin Tarantino breaks silence on brutal crash that injured Uma Thurman
She claimed 'he tried to kill her.' Now he has responded.
Quentin Tarantino has said that a car crash on the set of Kill Bill in 2002 is the biggest regret of his life.
Uma 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.
The 47-year-old actress said the on-set crash in Mexico in 2002 left her suffering concussion and damaged knees.
Thurman clarified that Tarantino had given her the footage, saying that he was "deeply regretful and remains remorseful.".
She blames producer Harvey Weinstein for the accident and accused him of lying and destroying evidence.
Tarantino, who has drawn criticism ever since the details of the crash emerged, 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."