Anyone who’s seen Kill Bill will tell you that it was the creative brainchild of Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino, but Thurman has just stepped forward to reveal that she had almost died on the set of that film, and Tarantino was to blame.
Taling to The New York Times, Thurman revealed that Tarantino had seemingly forced her to get into a stunt car that was not considered safe. Thurman said:
“Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director…He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. But I was scared. He said: ‘I promise you the car is fine. It’s a straight piece of road…. Hit 40 miles per hour or your hair won’t blow the right way and I’ll make you do it again.’ But that was a deathbox that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road.”
There’s even footage of the crash that left Thurman permanently damaged in the knees and neck. Check it out:
Uma Thurman says Quentin Tarantino forced her to drive a car she couldn't properly operate during the filming of Kill Bill, resulting in a crash that left her permanent injuries. pic.twitter.com/Ae7tuEI3Tt
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“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me… I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again… Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”
Thurman had revealed that she had a “terrible fight” with Tarantino which spanned years, and it was also coming from the fact that Tarantino wouldn’t show her the footage of the crash. She got the clip 15 years later, but she admits that it may not even matter anymore.
As a fan of their work, it’s sad to see that this was the actual story behind the scenes. You’d think that Thurman would have been appearing in more Tarantino movies after Kill Bill, but this explains why she hasn’t. I’m just curious what Tarantino has to say about all of this.
You can read Thurman’s full account of events—as well as a story describing an encounter with Harvey Weinstein—here.