Quentin Tarantino wanted Uma Thurman to drive this old Karmann Ghia for Kill Bill despite her not wanting to. She got into an accident while filming.
Hollywood is going through some very tumultuous times and rightfully so with so many horrific accounts of sexual abuse and negligent misconduct. The latest story to hit the news cycle comes from Uma Thurman as she called out the director of Kill Bill as well as several other people involved in its filming on Instagram earlier today (Feb. 5, 2018) when she posted up a video of her accident which she claims those aforementioned men tried to cover up. After attempts to cover up the accident years later, an accident which left Thurman injured form a neck and leg injury, Tarantino did the right thing, dug up the footage and released it to Thurman to do with as she willed. Check out the shocking footage for yourself below.
Prior to this scene being shot Uma Thurman insisted that they get a stunt driver to film this sequence. Word from people who knew the car to be driven, a Karmann Ghia, was that it wasn’t exactly 100 percent. It wasn’t safe for the average person to drive at speed. Although styled like a sports car, the Karmann Ghia is hardly a sporty car in nature.
In the video Uma takes a corner at high speed, loses traction to the front wheels, and after overcorrecting, slams into a palm tree. She’s filmed clutching the back of her head and in extreme pain. Later it was found out that she injured her neck permanently of which she bears the scars today.
According to Uma,
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.
Thanks to the bravery of these actors coming out into the spotlight to highlight the malfeasances of some of the people in power above their pay grade, the culture of how films are being made is changing. No longer can this kind of negligence be swept under the rug.
It’s common sense but when it comes to safety and literally everything else under the sun when someone says no, it’s not up to interpretation.