Uma Thurman says she almost died on the set of “Kill Bill.” Thurman alleged in the New York Times that Quentin Tarantino forced her to drive a dangerous car instead of using a stunt double.
She stated in the article, “He said: ‘I promise you the car is fine, It’s a straight piece of road. Hit 40 miles per hour of your hair won’t blow the right way or I’ll make you do it again. But that was a deathbox that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road.”
The 40 mile-per-hour crash resulted in permanent injury, and Thurman said she feared that she was never going to be able to walk again. It has apparently taken 15 years to get the crash footage, as Miramax allegedly refused to show her the material, unless she released them of all consequences.
Tarantino responded, calling it “the biggest regret of his life. He stated to Deadline, “It was just driving. None of us looked at it as a stunt."
Thurman also says she’s since forgiven Tarantino and believes that he acted without “malicious intent.” She’s also proud of him for getting the footage released, but blames Harvey Weinstein for the apparent cover-up.