Quentin Tarantino says Uma Thurman’s violent car crash on the set of his 2003 film “Kill Bill” was “the biggest regret” of his life.
The actress mentioned the wreck, which she says resulted in permanent damage to her neck and knees, in an interview published Saturday in The New York Times. The article largely focused on Thurman’s sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, but she also discussed her experience with Tarantino filming “Kill Bill,” which was produced by Weinstein’s studio.
Thurman accused Tarantino of forcing her to drive a car she didn’t feel comfortable operating in one shot. After eventually agreeing to do it, she accidentally crashed and had to be taken to a hospital.
Tarantino, in an interview with Deadline published Monday, admitted he pressured Thurman to do the scene. He said he believed at the time that it was “safe.”
“It’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt,” Tarantino told Deadline. “As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see.”
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: US actress Uma Thurman (R) and US director Quentin Tarantino (L) attend the 'Per un pugno di dollari' (A Fistful of Dollars) film screening and the Closing Ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 24, 2014. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the Closing ceremony and 'A Fistful of Dollars' screening during 67th Cannes Film Festival (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23:US actress Uma Thurman (L) and US director Quentin Tarantino (R) attend 'Sils Maria' (Clouds of Sils Maria) film screening in competition during the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. May 23, 2014. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Kelly Preston at the 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: (L-R) John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino attend a screening of Pulp Fiction at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Quentin Tarantino (L) and Uma Thurman attend the 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman attends The Weinstein Company with The Hollywood Reporter, Samsung Galaxy & The Cinema Society screening of 'Django Unchained' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman attend The Weinstein Company With The Hollywood Reporter, Samsung Galaxy And The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of 'Django Unchained' at Ziegfeld Theater on December 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino attend the Friars Club roast of Quentin Tarantino at the New York Hilton and Towers on December 1, 2010 in New York City.
Director Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman during a photocall for their latest film Kill Bill Vol 2, held at the Riveria Terrace in the Palias du Festival during the 57th Cannes Film Festival in France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, winner of Best Fight for 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman during 2004 Cannes Film Festival - 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' - Premiere at Palais Du Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Vivica A. Fox, Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman during 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' World Premiere - Red Carpet at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and Harvey Weinstein (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 8: Director Quentin Tarantino (R) and actress Uma Thurman talk at the after-party for Miramaxs' 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' at The Ivar on April 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 18: Director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman arrive at the Paramount Premiere of 'Paycheck' on December 18, 2003 at Graumans Chinese Theater, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FRANCE - NOVEMBER 04: 'Kill Bill' Premiere At Rex Cinema In Paris. On November 4, 2003 In Paris, France. Quentin Tarantino And Uma Thurman (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman during RollingStone Hosts Luncheon for Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at Wenner Media in New York, NY, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman arrives for the UK premiere of Kill Bill - Volume 1 at Empire Leicester Square in central London. The two part film is by director Quentin Tarantino. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 02: Quentin Tarantino And Uma Thurman, ', Photocall For The New Quentin Tarantino Movie ï¿½ill Bill', At The Dorchester Hotel, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BERLIN - OCTOBER 1: Writer/director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman present their new film 'Kill Bill Volume 1' at its premiere October 1, 2003 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Kurt Vinion/Getty Images)
Director Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman (co-star) arrive at the premiere of 'Kill Bill: Volume 1.' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman during 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' Premiere - After Party at Hollywood Athletic Club in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke & Daryl Hannah pose for photographers at 'The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala', sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and People magazine (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: 'Chelsea Walls' star Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino at an opening night party for the film at the Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2001 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
380088 06: Actress Uma Thurman, director Quentin Tarantino (L) and actor Ethan Hawke (R) pose for photographers October 11, 2000 at the 'Room To Grow' charity auction at Christie's in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
UNITED STATES - circa 1994: Actress Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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He continued: “Me and Uma had our issues about the crash. She blamed me for the crash and she had a right to blame me for the crash. I didn’t mean to do it. I talked her into getting in the car, I assured her the road was safe. And it wasn’t.”
Thurman accepts Tarantino’s apology, according to a post she published Monday on Instagram. But she’s still going after Weinstein and his fellow “Kill Bill” producers Lawrence Bender and E. Bennett Walsh, saying they covered up the crash.
“They lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress,” Thurman wrote. “The cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity.”
Thurman told the Times that Miramax, owned by Weinstein at the time, refused to show her footage of the wreck two weeks after it happened unless she signed a document “releasing them of any consequences of [her] future pain and suffering.”
“Something else Uma was misunderstood about [in the Times’ article], and I don’t think she realized it until last night while we were talking, was she feels that a whole cover-up happened,” Tarantino told Deadline. “She feels it’s very possible the car was destroyed, at Harvey Weinstein’s insistence, and at Bennett Walsh and Lawrence Bender’s execution.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein denied Thurman’s accusations of a cover-up.
“Harvey has tremendous affection for Uma Thurman nevertheless he denies these allegations,” the spokesperson said in a statement to HuffPost. “He did not give instructions to destroy the vehicle or orchestrate a cover-up and this is the first time he has learned that Ms. Thurman had any issues regarding the handling of her accident.
“We understand that members of the production team have stated to individuals in the media that Mr. Weinstein had nothing to do with the aftermath of the crash,” the statement continued. “Mr. Weinstein wishes Ms. Thurman would have spoken to him at the time to express her concerns and would like for her to provide any additional details so that he can assist in closing and repairing this chapter of her life.”
Representatives for Bender and Walsh did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.
Following the Times’ interview with Thurman, many media outlets emphasized her experiences with Tarantino over her allegations against Weinstein. An excerpt about Tarantino choking Thurman and spitting on her while filming “Kill Bill” scenes sparked outrage on the internet. But Tarantino defended his actions, saying he performed those scenes himself because he knew what he wanted as the director.
“For some reason there is a lot of hay being made out of this. Which I don’t understand, at all,” Tarantino told Deadline. “I can explain why I did exactly what I did, but my question is, what’s the fucking problem?”
“Naturally, I did it,” he said of spitting on Thurman. “Who else should do it?”