Uma Thurman accused Quentin Tarantino of ‘trying to kill her’ when he refused to let a stunt driver film a dangerous scene in Kill Bill.
The actress spoke of a crash that occurred on the set of the celebrated martial arts film, which left her with ‘a permanently damaged neck and screwed up knees’.
Uma, 47, claims that before filming the infamous scene in which her character, The Bride, drives a blue convertible in the 2003 film, it was suggested to her that the car was not working that well after being converted to an automatic.
The actress alleges that she asked for a stunt driver to film the scene, but was told no by director Tarantino.
Uma told The New York Times: ‘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.”‘
However, after being convinced to do it, Uma said that she realised the road was not straight and was a sand road, calling the vehicle a ‘deathbox’.
In terrifying footage acquired by the NYT, Uma is seen losing control of the car and crashing into a palm tree.
She said: ‘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.’
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Thurman alleges that she sent a letter to Miramax requesting the right to see the footage and reserving the right to sue. Miramax allegedly offered to show her the footage if she signed a document ‘releasing them of any consequences of my future pain and suffering’, which she refused.
Uma has received the footage 15 years on from Kill Bill.
In the same article, Uma alleges that she was attacked by Harvey Weinstein, allegations the producer denies.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Tarantino’s rep for comment.
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