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Quentin Tarantino on Uma Thurman Crash Scene: His Biggest Regret

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U.S. oscar-winning film director Quentin Tarantino gives a speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award from Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat on July 7, 2016, during the opening ceremony of the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival in Jerusalem. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018 11:30 AM

Quentin Tarantino spoke out about Uma Thurman's crash scene in "Kill Bill," calling it his biggest regret of his life in an interview with Deadline.

The feature comes shortly after The New York Times ran a tell-all profile on Thurman, in which she accused the writer and director of pressuring her into driving an unsafe car on the set of "Kill Bill."

On Monday the actress, who described the incident as "dehumanization to the point of death," uploaded video footage of the crash, which drew heavy criticism against Tarantino.

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Responding to the criticism, the director defended himself, calling the crash a heart-breaking experience.

"Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life," he told Deadline. "It affected me and Uma for the next two to three years."

In her account of events, Thurman told Maureen Dowd of The New York Times that the car had undergone alterations and, according to a teamster, was not necessarily working well.

This already made her uneasy but Tarantino talked her into driving the car by promising that it was fine and that she would be riding on a straight piece of road.

He then instructed her to drive 40 miles per hour so that her hair could "blow the right way" but Thurman said the car was a death box.

"The seat wasn't screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road," she said, according to the Times.

Tarantino said the crash was a result of various small things presenting themselves in a bad way.

"The road had more sand, and less dirt, than we actually anticipated," he told Deadline. "We changed the direction. That was a bad idea, to do that without checking it out. I think ultimately it is the reason she crashed. Although, by mounting a camera on the back of this little Karmann Ghia, it made the car, in the back, way too heavy once it got in trouble."

Tarantino also addressed recent reports that claimed he allegedly choked Thurman in a scene, pointing out that the actress did not make any direct accusation in her interview.

"Uma didn't share that with Maureen Dowd," he said. "Maureen Dowd interviewed other people on the set who mentioned it to her. If you notice, all that choking and spitting stuff is not in quotes from Uma. It's part of Maureen Dowd's prose."

Tarantino noted that he and Thurman's relationship was not affected by the article, and that the actress "was in turmoil" about the backlash it caused.

"She never meant this to roll over onto me," he said. "The uproar that happened against me, she was not prepared for."

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