Quentin Tarantino is a really strange man and it is well known that the women who act in his movies do not always have the same experience or treatment that the male actors have.
A perfect example of this is the “choke out” scene from Inglorious Basterds, where he literally choked out an actress to unconsciousness with HIS OWN HANDS because no man on set was comfortable doing such an act and he didn’t want it “looking fake”:
Scary stuff to see in hindsight once you know that.
Then you have the moment with Kerry Washington in Django Unchained where Tarantino let Leo DiCaprio rub his ACTUAL BLOOD all over her face (when it wasn’t in the script and blood was real). DiCaprio cut his hand hitting a glass on the table and Tarantino just let the cameras run and let the scene play itself out. Another disturbing end result, as you are about to see.
Her repulsion in this scene is very much real:
So you can only imagine how much MORE disturbing it makes it today that Uma Thurman took to her Instagram and shared an unseen video taken from the Kill Bill set where she was openly encouraged to get into an actual car accident by Tarantino himself, who reassured her she would be 100% safe, when in fact, as you can see from the footage, it actually DID do her some harm.
The most messed up part? Harvey Weinstein (who the actress currently has sexual allegations against) produced the Kill Bill movies and HID THE CAR CRASH FOOTAGE FROM THE PUBLIC! Until now, that is.
Way to go, Uma:
It’s actually really scary to see her head being bobbled like that, and you can tell that this is something a stuntman (or stunt woman) clearly should have done as opposed to the actress herself. She was visibly and justifiably shaken after the crash, and the whole thing was essentially covered up by all parties involved to protect THEMSELVES.
So she bravely took to social media to let her fans know that some of the injustices women face in Hollywood run deeper than just harassment. In some cases, it seems like they don’t care if they kill you as long as they get the “shot” they need:
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.
Quentin Tarantino has since owned up to the incident and says he considers it one of his biggest screw ups and regrets from all his years in the business, but potential backlash from this footage and its connection to Harvey Weinstein could really cause some more long term fallout in Hollywood that Hollywood cannot afford right now.
When you’re not sexually harassing your actresses, you are literally trying to kill them these days. One can see why women have reached a collective boiling point, and here’s hoping this fosters some much needed change in that often soulless industry (and for the overall gender in general).