When we think of Quentin Tarantino and his body of work, thoughts often turn to Uma Thurman. The projects the pair have worked on together have been epic, from Pulp Fiction to the Kill Bill movies; and while they’ve each collaborated with a wide variety of actors and directors, the films they made with each other were magic. But, turns out, their last movie together, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, wasn’t that magical. When Uma recently spoke to the New York Times about the abuse she has endured from Harvey Weinstein, she made it a point to detail exactly what QT did to her on the Kill Bill set — and it wasn’t good.
Thurman spoke of an awful scene she felt forced to do, even though she was terrified of the danger involved. She had to drive what she believed was an unsafe car, at a speed she didn’t believe the car had any business going, and she was right. The car crashed, and Uma was badly injured. Shortly after the interview was published the actor took to Instagram to share truly disturbing footage of the incident, and to make a few more points, stating that while she doesn’t necessarily believe there was “malicious intent” on Tarantino’s part, she does believe the circumstances were “negligent to the point of criminality.”
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. 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. THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE. for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress. the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity. CAA never sent anyone to Mexico. i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.
While Thurman does deem Tarantino guilty of some things, the actor points a finger squarely at the movie’s producers, calling Weinstein, Lawrence Bender and E. Bennett Walsh “solely responsible” for the subsequent cover-up. She also calls out agency CAA, for not sending anyone to the set to make sure everything was on the up-and-up. (FYI, the men Thurman mentioned have since lawyered up, with Weinstein looking at his legal options. Because of course he wants to sue her.)
Tarantino has since put in his two cents (OK, more like a fistful of dollars, considering the dude likes to talk), telling Deadline that he never had–nor would he ever–set out to purposely hurt Thurman, while at the same time acknowledging that he should have handled things differently. He’s at least owning that. QT also said what he’s said for months now, that he knew long ago just how gross Harvey was, and that he made Harvey apologize to Uma after learning of what happened between them. But it’s not enough. Because while he admits his complacency to Deadline, he never actually admits that he was complicit and, well, come on now.
Knowing that Weinstein had treated one of his dearest friends and collaborators terribly should’ve been enough to make the director rethink his relationship with the mogul. But apparently it wasn’t. And Uma having to accept a fake apology from Weintein so they could all work together on Kill Bill must’ve been a hard pill for the actor to swallow.
Tarantino told Deadline that they’ve worked past everything and are now “fantastic friends” once again. Hmm, are they though? Only time will tell.