Uma Thurman recently revealed that she had been injured in a Kill Bill car stunt, which she said Quentin Tarantino had heavily pressured her into performing herself – and now she has released footage of the 2003 incident.
During her recent interview with the New York Times, Uma Thurman recalled being injured in a Kill Bill car stunt – which she says Quentin Tarantino had heavily pressured her into performing herself, despite teamsters saying that the car “might not be working that well”.
“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me,” she said.
“I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’”
Thurman added: “When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset.
“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.”
Now, taking to her new Instagram account, Thurman has shared a video of what she claims is from the 2003 movie.
“I post this clip to memorialize its full exposure in the New York Times by Maureen Dowd. The circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. I do not believe though with malicious intent,” she explained to her followers.
“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.”
Thurman added: “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.”
Tarantino, responding to the footage, has revealed that he was not only aware of Thurman’s plan to come forward and share these serious allegations with the NYT, but that she did so with his full support, too.
“I knew that the piece was happening,” he told Deadline. “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. She asked, could I get her the footage? I had to find it, 15 years later.
“I didn’t think we were going to be able to find it. It was clear and it showed the crash and the aftermath. I was very happy to get it to Uma.”
Tarantino added that the car crash is “one of the biggest regrets of my life”.
“I figured that eventually [the video clip] would be used whenever she had her big piece. Also, there was an element of closure. She had been denied it, from Harvey Weinstein, being able to even see the footage. I wanted to deliver it to her, so she could look at it,” the director explained. “So she could see it and help her with her memory of the incident.”
Tarantino is, of course, referring to Thurman’s recent accusations against Weinstein.
During the same NYT interview, the actress claimed that the disgraced producer attacked her in a London hotel room during the 1990s, saying he pushed her down and “tried to expose himself”.
Weinstein has since issued a statement on the allegations, denying any physical attack on Thurman.
“Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets,” the statement said.
“However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue.”
According to The Independent, the producer’s lawyer is even considering legal action against Thurman at this time.
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