Over the weekend came a New York Times piece in which actress Uma Thurman finally spoke about her rage against and assault at the hands of former Miramax chief and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Penned by Maureen Dowd, what surprised about the piece wasn’t the Weinstein stuff, but rather the not so flattering treatment of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino including footage of a car stunt in “Kill Bill” that Thurman was pushed to do by the director despite expressing hesitancy, a stunt that went horribly wrong and left her with permanent injuries.
At the same time there was talk of two other moments including one when Tarantino spit on her face and another where she was choked with a chain – both scenes done deliberately. That she was put in such a dangerous situation speaks of gross negligence at best and has sparked condemnation from around Hollywood with the focus of both the talk and outrage directed at Tarantino rather than Weinstein.
Now, Tarantino has given a lengthy interview to Deadline explaining his side of the story, the reaction to the article, his and Thurman’s discussion of it and more. Like most accidents, it was a combination of several bad things that led to the incident on the “Kill Bill” set about which he says: “It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons.”
Though some of the elements get explained, reactions to the new piece haven’t been kind and called it everything from ‘damage control’ to a self-congratulating attempt to absolve himself of responsibility. It has also led to the dredging up of old stuff the filmmaker probably wishes he could leave behind him.
The most notable on that front is a report at Jezebel has picked up an old interview conducted with Tarantino by Howard Stern in which Stern asks Tarantino about another interview, a red carpet one conducted years before, in which he adamantly defends Roman Polanski’s sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977. You can hear the full audio here.
Tarantino is currently working on his next feature which will open on August 9th 2019.