Uma Thurman's Kill Bill stunt coordinator finally breaks his silence: No one from the stunt department was called to set that day
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keith Adams, the stunt coordinator on Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino's 2003 Kill Bill has finally broken his silence and delved into the details of the fateful day on set when Thurman was coaxed by Tarantino to drive a faulty car on a dangerous track in Mexico which eventually resulted in Thurman getting into a car crash in as she performed her own stunt.
“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 insuring that the car itself was road-worthy and safe. On any set, my number one priority and the priority of any stunt coordinator is the safety of the cast and crew. For a stunt coordinator to do their job properly, they must be involved at every step of the process and given the opportunity to intervene when changes to the shoot are made. Unfortunately, I did not have that opportunity in this case," said Adams.
The crash resulted in Thurman getting a concussion, neck injuries and permanent knee damage. Tarantino reportedly said "none of us ever considered it a stunt. It was just driving," according to a Deadline report, while going on to call it the "biggest regret of my life".
"That could have been a death by decapitation. The car could easily have rolled over [or] the camera could have flown forward. It was irresponsibility on a mega level," said veteran coordinator Andy Armstrong according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here's the footage of the crash, shared by Uma Thurman on her Instagram profile
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.
Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 15:57 PM