In Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," Kurt Russell's character smashes a guitar to stop Jennifer Jason Leigh's character from playing it. It turns out that the guitar he used in the scene was a priceless 145-year-old instrument on loan from Pennsylvania's Martin Guitar Museum.
"We were informed that it was an accident on set," museum director Dick Boak told Reverb. "We assumed that a scaffolding or something fell on it. We understand that things happen, but at the same time we can't take this lightly. All this about the guitar being smashed being written into the script and that somebody just didn't tell the actor, this is all new information to us. We didn't know anything about the script or Kurt Russell not being told that it was a priceless, irreplaceable artifact from the Martin Museum."
Sound mixer Mark Ulano told SSNInsider that the scene was supposed to be shot to a certain point, and then the antique guitar would be swapped out for a double, which would be the one to be smashed.
At first, the company asked for the parts to be returned in case the guitar was salvageable, but upon inspection, realized that "the guitar was beyond fixing. It's destroyed," he said.
"We want to make sure that people know that the incident was very distressing to us," Boak says. "We can't believe that it happened. I don't think anything can really remedy this. We've been remunerated for the insurance value, but it's not about the money. It's about the preservation of American musical history and heritage."
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Kurt Russell accidentally smashed priceless antique guitar in 'The Hateful Eight' - and museum is pissed
Kurt Russell, left, and Goldie Hawn arrive to the inaugural âGoldieâs Love In for Kidsâ, a 70s-themed party to raise awareness and funds for MindUP, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Actress and honoree Goldie Hawn, left, and her husband, actor Kurt Russell arrive at the fourth annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Goldie Hawn, left, and Kurt Russell arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Goldie Hawn, left, and Kurt Russell arrive at the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn enter the State Department building for the Kennedy Center Honors dinner in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2000. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano)
Actress Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrive at the 73rd annual Academy Awards Sunday, March 25, 2001, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrive for the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. , on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
American actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell kiss as they arrive for the screening of the film "Death Proof," at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Actors, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Kurt Russel attend a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Actor Kurt Russell gets a hug from his wife, Goldie Hawn at the premiere of Warner Bros. new futuristic action-adventure film, "Soldier" at Mann's Chinese Theater Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in the Hollywood section in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jill Connelly)
FOR USE WITH FEATURE PACKAGE FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 31--Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn arrive at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar bash at Morton's in West Hollywood, Calif., Monday, March 25, 1996. In his new film, "Executive Decision," Kurt Russell portrays a U.S. intelligence analyst and terrorist expert who combats the hijackers of a 747 airliner loaded with nerve toxin aimed at Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell smile as they arrive for the 69th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, March 24, 1997. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
372885 01: UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. (Photo by Diane Freed)
380460 03: (USA ONLY) Actors Goldie Hawn and her partner Kurt Russell attend the Womens Sports Foundation Annual Gala October 16, 2000 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY. (Photo by Newsmakers)
09/21. Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn arrive at Tom Cruise Ball
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell arrive at the premiere of Disneys' 'Miracle' at the El Capitan Theatre February 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)