The Kill Bill scene we won't be able to watch the same way again.

Uma Thurman, 47, has spoken for the first time about her assault at the hands of disgraced Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with the New York TimesThurman detailed how Weinstein forced himself onto her in a London hotel room and attempted to expose himself.

When Thurman threatened to reveal what he had done, Weinstein enacted what would appear to be his modus operandi, outlining that if she did, he would ruin her career.

But within Thurman’s revelatory interview with Maureen Dowd, is another tale of violence at the hands of a powerful man in Hollywood: Director Quentin Tarantino.

Thurman says that during the shooting of one of the most iconic films of the early millennium, Kill Bill, she almost died.

The film famously opens and closes with Thurman driving along a highway – a seemingly innocuous black and white shot.

Thurman detailed to Dowd, that with only four days left of shooting, Tarantino told her she was required to drive the blue Volkswagen Karmann Ghia down a Mexican country road. She would also need to drive at 4o miles per hour, or her hair wouldn’t blow in the right direction.

“That was a deathbox I was in…” the actor told the New York Times. Thurman was not trained as a stunt driver, a concern she raised with Tarantino. Furthermore, it was understood that the car wasn’t working correctly, and, “the seat wasn’t screwed down properly.”

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Tarantino promised her the car was “fine” and insisted it was a “straight piece of road”. When it came to shooting the scene, however, the road was not straight, and was layered with sand.


Thurman did what she was told, and drove down the highway.

She lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into a tree at full speed – slamming her head on the back of the car seat, which left the actor unconscious.

We know this because of a video that has emerged, which took Thurman 15 years to obtain.

You can watch the footage in full, here, which shows the crew, and then eventually Tarantino himself, rushing towards the scene of the accident.

“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me,” she told the New York Times.

The opening credits of Kill Bill. Image via Miramax.

"I felt this searing pain and thought, 'Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.'"

When she returned from hospital in a neck brace, with severely damaged knees, as well as a "massive egg" on her head as a result of the concussion, she approached Tarantino and accused him of trying to kill her.

"He was very angry at that," she said, "I guess understandably, because he didn't feel he had tried to kill me."

Due to the severity of her injuries, Thurman sought to sue Miramax, but they refused to provide her with the video footage.

The crash left her with permanent back and knee damage, and caused a significant rift in her relationship with Tarantino.

Thurman alluded to the incident in an Instagram post shared in November of last year.

"I said I was angry recently," she wrote, "and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face. I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so... stay tuned."

Until Sunday, when the New York Times story broke, the crash she endured was not public knowledge.

After the accident, Thurman says she felt she had fallen out of favour, and went from being a "creative contributor" to a "broken tool".

Despite what happened on set, Thurman had to tour with Tarantino to promote the film, and says they fought constantly about the footage.

Now, 15 years later, she finally has possession of it.