In the near-15 years since Kill Bill hit theaters, many fans have been hopeful for the seemingly-inevitable follow-up of Kill Bill Vol. 3. While Tarantino always has his plate full, he would often state that there was always a possibility he could go back to the well for a third film.
Well, that seems a little less than likely now, as it sounds like Uma Thurman has some understandable beef from him. In an extensive piece from The New York Times, Thurman discusses her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, which resulted in her sexual assault, but that’s not all she had to say. In addition to that incident, she discusses what she feels is a betrayal from Quentin Tarantino.
While on the set of Kill Bill, there was a shot Tarantino wanted to get of her driving a convertible. The only problem was that the convertible was pretty ramshackle, and she even said that a teamster stated that the car may not be working well. As a result, she asked Tarantino if a stunt driver could do it (the shot was from behind, anyway).
“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.’”
In addition to her driving, he gave her some very explicit instructions of how fast she needed to drive.
“‘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.”
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The result was a car crash, resulting in a neck and knee injury that still affects Thurman today.
“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. 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. We were in a terrible fight for years. We had to then go through promoting the movies. It was all very thin ice. We had a fateful fight at Soho House in New York in 2004 and we were shouting at each other because he wouldn’t let me see the footage and he told me that was what they had all decided.”
When all said and done, between Weinstein’s behavior, and what Thurman feels is a betrayal from Tarantino, she certainly has been through the wringer. Even with the Weinstein situation, she felt like she had some semblance of control, but once the car crash happened, that feeling of control flew out the window.
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SOURCE: The NY Times