A couple of months, Uma Thurman revealed that she had sustained major knee and back damage while filming Kill Bill and Kill Bill Vol. 2 back in 2003. The car she was driving was about as iffy as Quentin Tarantino’s dye job, and she ended up crashing. At the time, she accused Quentin of trying to kill her. If you ask Uma’s knees whether they’d like to work with Quentin again, they’d probably answer by knocking out “NO” in Morse code. But if you ask Uma, like someone recently has, she’d answer yes.
Along with that harrowing tale of car crappiness, Uma also mentioned that Quentin personally stepped in to perform any sadistic moments in Kill Bill, like spitting in her face or choking her with a chain. Quentin has called the car accident one of the “biggest regrets” of his life, although he’s not as regretful about the choking and spitting.
Hearing Uma talk about Quentin made me instantly grateful that the worst boss I’ve ever had to deal with was one that called me A-Dawg and made me spend my lunch getting him several Pizza Hut P’Zones. Uma tells Entertainment Weekly that she and Quentin have always had a good relationship, and that she’s known him for 25 years so a lot can happen in 25 years, including “tragedies.” She adds that the only thing that could have reduced their friendship would be if she died in the crash. The thing that hurt her most about the wreck was the way it was handled.
“Yes, do I have a chronically bad neck? Yeah. Was I mad about how it was handled and how I was treated? Yes. But does that mean I don’t care about someone that I have 25 years of history with? No! My capacity to forgive exists and things happen. The accident itself was wrong, but…I tried to explain that it was the environment around it that wounded me the most.”
Uma doesn’t foresee Quentin making too many more movies (he himself has said he’s got two more, including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and then he’s done). But if Quentin writes a good part for Uma in that last film, she’s on board.
“If he wrote a great part! I understand him and if he wrote a great part and we were both in the right place about it, that would be something else.”
Something tells me that “great part” comes with conditions on Uma’s end. Specifically, whether her character has a valid driver’s license or not, and if she’ll always be chauffeured around by a driver in whatever vehicle earned that year’s IIHS Top Safety Pick award.