In a revelation that puts things into perspective in the whole Uma Thurman versus Quentin Tarantino saga, stunt coordinator Keith Adams, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, broke his silence about the day Thurman suffered a grave accident on the sets of Kill Bill.
The stunt coordinator says that the entire stunt team were given the day off, and were not told that a car stunt like this would be performed, particularly by the film’s lead, Uma herself.
“No stunts of any kind were scheduled for the day of Ms. Thurman’s accident. All of the stunt department was put on hold and no one from the stunt department was called to set. At no point was I notified or consulted about Ms. Thurman driving a car on camera that day. Had I been involved, I would have insisted not only on putting a professional driver behind the wheel but also ensuring that the car itself was road-worthy and safe,” he tells THR over an email.
Adam’s revelation is contrary to what director Tarantino felt about the accident. In an interview with Deadline last week, Tarantino admitted that his biggest regret in life was to make Thurman do the car stunt herself while filming Kill Bill, a video of which Thurman shared for her interview with The New York Times. In his defence, the filmmaker felt the stunt wasn’t really much of a stunt, and dubbed it as “just driving”.
Thurman, in an Instagram post recently, shared the video of her crash with the caption lauding Tarantino for sharing the crash footage despite knowing that it would affect his reputation. “He [Tarantino] 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,” she wrote.
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.
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