AceShowbiz - Quentin Tarantino is opening up about Uma Thurman's "Kill Bill" car crash that nearly killed her. Just hours after Thurman shared the footage of the accident, the 54-year-old filmmaker admits that he is "guilty" for putting her in the car "but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it."
"It's the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt," Tarantino explains in a new interview with Deadline. He goes on to tell the site that he did not force the Oscar-nominated actress to drive the car during the filming of the 2003 film and he truly believed it to be safe.
"None of us ever considered it a stunt," he says. "It was just driving. None of us looked at it as a stunt. Maybe we should have, but we didn't. I'm sure when it was brought up to me, that I rolled my eyes and was irritated. But I'm sure I wasn't in a rage and I wasn't livid. I didn't go barging into Uma's trailer, screaming at her to get into the car."
"I told her it would be safe. And it wasn't," the two-time Oscar winner continues. "I was wrong," he admits, adding that he "didn't force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me."
Tarantino notes that while they are still unsure what caused the crash, it may have been in part due to a last minute change in the car's direction on the path. "There are no weird dips, there were no gully kinds of things, no hidden S-curves," he recalls. "Nothing like that. It was just a straight shot."
"[Thurman] has her suspicions and I have mine," he continues. "I thought, if I get this footage to her and she puts it out there in the world, that a crash expert can look at it and determine exactly what happened on that road."
"It was heartbreaking," Tarantino says of the accident. He notes, "Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life."