Kill Bill stunt coordinator Keith Adams has responded to Uma Thurman’s allegations about the car crash on the movie’s set that has left her with permanent injuries. When Thurman was first asked about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, she made it clear that she had a story to tell – but she was waiting until she had better control over her emotions. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino admitted that he knew about Weinstein’s behavior and could have done more to stop it – but didn’t. Once she was ready to talk, Thurman not only accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, but claims that she told Tarantino about it – due to the three of them working together to make the Kill Bill movies. And then something on set went horribly wrong.
According to Thurman, Tarantino pressured her to do a driving stunt that she was not comfortable with, and she ended up crashing and suffering from injuries that have caused her permanent physical damage. Furthermore, she claims the movie’s producers covered up the crash and prevented her from getting video footage of it. Producer Lawrence Bender and Tarantino himself both say they regret the accident but deny responsibility for the crash or cover up. Now Keith Adams – the movie’s stunt coordinator – has revealed that he and his team were not on set that day at all.
In a statement to THR, Adams said his entire stunt team was absent as no stunts were scheduled for the day the crash occurred, even though driving 40 miles per hour down a sandy road would have qualified as one. According to Adams, the entire stunt team was put on hold, and neither Tarantino nor anyone else on set contacted him about Thurman being expected to drive. Had Adams been on set, he says he would have insisted on a professional stunt driver as well as inspecting the car to make sure it was safe. Read his full statement:
“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.”
Adams is not specifically accusing anyone of a cover-up, he does not know who made the decisions that lead to Thurman getting behind the wheel of an unsafe car with no oversight. The video footage of the crash – which Thurman has released to the public – shows that the car had no roll bars, shoulder strap, or head restraint, which Adams might very well have objected to had he been present. Tarantino claims that he never would have considered basic driving to be a stunt.
In just the last few months – ever since the accusations against Weinstein started flowing – men who have abused the people they work with in the movie industry have lost jobs. Tarantino has a few projects in the works, including a movie set in 1969 and a Star Trek film. It’s pretty clear after this that Kill Bill III is not going to happen now, but as to whether Tarantino’s other projects will be postponed or even stopped remains to be seen as the truth about that happened during the filming of the first two volumes of Kill Bill continues to emerge.