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Uma Thurman: I've Forgiven Quentin Tarantino for Car Crash Stunt
Feb 6, 2018 by: WENN
Uma Thurman has forgiven her Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino for putting her behind the wheel for a dangerous on-set car crash stunt that could have left her seriously injured.
The actress revealed she fell out with the filmmaker over the incident, which landed her in the hospital, during a weekend interview with the New York Times, telling journalist Maureen Dowd she was pressured into driving an unsafe convertible while on the Kill Bill set in Mexico in 2003.
"Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director," she explained. "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'."
Uma agreed, calling the car "a deathbox" and adding, "The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road."
In previously unseen footage from the crash, which Thurman offered to Dowd, she is visibly unstable as she drives down the bumpy road, before losing control of the vehicle and smashing it into a palm tree.
The disturbing video, published online to accompany her interview, shows the actress slumped in the driver's seat, clutching the side of her head as crew members appear and pull her out of the wreckage.
"The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me," she told Dowd. "I felt this searing pain and thought, 'Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again'.
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."
Thurman revealed she and Quentin were "in a terrible fight for years" after the on-set car crash, but on Monday, as peers and fans alike started taking aim at Tarantino for forcing the actress to take part in a dangerous stunt she wanted no part of, the Pulp Fiction star took to Instagram to insist she has since forgiven the director.
"The circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality," she writes. "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."
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