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
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Actor Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn attend the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are seen on November 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 06: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn attend Annual Goldie's Love In For Kids hosted by Goldie Hawn at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on May 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actors Goldie Hawn (L) and Kurt Russell attend the Remembering Pavarotti Benefit Concert and Gala featuring Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming at The Music Center on September 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 02: Actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell attend the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Kaleidoscope Ball at 3LABS on May 2, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Hosts Kurt Russell (L) and Goldie Hawn attend Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkleï¿½s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn attend the 2014 Baby2Baby gala at The Book Bindery on November 8, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell attend the DuJour X The Hawn Foundation Celebration at Espace on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell pose backstage at 'Kinky Boots' on Broadway at The Hirshfeld Theater on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn sighting on November 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)