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'Kill Bill' stuntman 'would have prevented' Uma Thurman's car crash

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Arrivals for the 24th annual amfAR fundraiser during the Cannes Film Festival at the Hotel Eden Roc in Cap D'Antibes Featuring: Uma Thurman Where: Cap D Antibes, United Kingdom When: 25 May 2017 Credit: John Rainford/WENN.com

(WENN) -"Kill Bill" stunt coordinator Keith Adams is adamant he would have prevented Uma Thurman's car crash had he been notified the scene was taking place.

In an interview with The New York Times published earlier this month, the actress stated that director Quentin Tarantino pressured her to drive a dilapidated car on the set of the 2003 film, even though she requested a stunt driver perform the scene instead.

She eventually agreed to do it, though ended up crashing and sustaining injuries to her neck and knees and has since gone public with the footage from the set.

Now, stunt coordinator Adams has claimed that he would have stopped Thurman from ever stepping foot in the car.

"No stunts of any kind were scheduled for the day of Ms. Thurman's accident," Adams told The Hollywood Reporter in an email on Friday. "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."

Adams also insisted he would have put a trained stunt driver in the car, rather than an inexperienced and apprehensive Thurman.

"Had I been involved, I would have insisted not only on putting a professional driver behind the wheel but also ensuring that the car itself was road-worthy and safe," he said.

After Thurman shared her story, Tarantino expressed regret over the accident and revealed to Deadline that it was a last-minute change to filming that landed the star in the car, driving on an untested, unsafe road.

"I told her it would be okay. I told her the road was a straight line. I told her it would be safe. And it wasn't. I was wrong. I didn't force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me," the filmmaker said. "As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life."

(EWN/WNWCPL/SMD)

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