Ever since the rise of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement where Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was one of the accused, the entire film industry has been awaiting Uma Thurman’s response. Uma Thurman earlier responded to the Weinstein allegations by saying that she is angry and that she wasn’t ready to talk about Harvey Weinstein.
Finally, in an interview, the actress talks about Weinstein who produced many of her biggest movies, including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.
Thurman had a strained relationship with Harvey Weinstein ever since her Pulp Fiction days. What made her stay in projects involving Weinstein was film director, Quentin Tarantino. The relationship between Tarantino and Thurman was that of an artist and his muse. This relationship helped him conceive the idea of the ‘avenging bride’.
Their relationship soured after a car accident that happened during the stunts of Kill Bill Volume 2. Thurman was reluctant to drive a blue Karmann Ghia down a sandy road. She was warned about the car not operating correctly after its configuration was changed from manual to automatic.
Thurman suggested that a stunt double perform the sequence, but Tarantino persuaded her to do the sequence telling her that the road was a straight road and to drive at a speed of 40 kph.
The car crashed and Thurman has since suffered from permanent damage to her knees and neck. Thurman had sued the production company for negligence and had tried to retrieve the footage of the car wreck. She was unsuccessful until recently when Tarantino gave her the footage.
She recently took to Instagram to post about the incident:
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.
In response to her Instagram post Tarantino said that he held himself deeply responsible for not double checking the road and accessing its safety. He coaxed Thurman to do the shot convincing her the road was safe. He was quoted to say “It (the mishap) was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life.”