'This just kills me, Uma'
Quentin Tarantino was 'heartbroken' about on-set car-driving scene that left Uma Thurman hurt
Director Quentin Tarantino says persuading actress Uma Thurman to perform a car-driving scene on the set of Kill Bill — which ended with her in the hospital — is the “biggest regret” of his life.
Thurman, 47, told The New York Times on Saturday that she had a huge fight with Tarantino after the car crashed, and accused him of trying to kill her.
She took back her criticism of the director somewhat in an Instagram post on Monday, saying she does not believe now that he acted with “malicious intent”.
Tarantino has now given his account of the incident.
“None of us ever considered it a stunt,” the 54-year-old director said. “Maybe we should have, but we didn’t.”
He said he drove the strip of road himself to ensure it would be “easy and safe enough for Uma to drive”.
“I came in there all happy, telling her she could totally do it; it was a straight line; you will have no problem,” he said.
“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.”
Tarantino said it was decided at the last minute because of the light to have Thurman drive the car in the opposite direction.“And I didn’t think I needed to run the road again to make sure there wasn’t any difference, going in the opposite direction.
“That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time.
“It wasn’t the straight shot that it had been, going the other way. There is a little mini S-curve. She’s flying along, and she thinks it’s a straight road and as far as she can see, it is a straight road out her windshield.“And then it takes this little S-curve, and she’s not prepared for it. And it threw the car out of control. And it spins her like a top,” Tarantino said.
“It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
In footage posted online, the actress is seen speeding down an unpaved road before crashing into a tree. Thurman is jolted and left dazed for several moments until crew members carry her away.
“I felt this searing pain and thought: ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again,’ ” Thurman said in an earlier interview.
“Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me,” she said.
Miramax told her at the time that she could see the footage of the crash if she gave up her right to sue, Thurman said. She declined.