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Margot Robbie is the female lead in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and the Oscar-nominated actress knows that comes with baggage. Tarantino has often been accused of mistreating women in his movies (from Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda in “Django Unchained” to Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy in “The Hateful Eight”), and “Hollywood” is the director’s first release since Uma Thurman revealed in February 2018 that she nearly died in a car crash on the set of “Kill Bill.”
As Thurman told The New York Times, Tarantino insisted she be the one driving during the scene despite making it clear to the writer-director that she didn’t want to be behind the wheel. The road the production was using was not as smooth or straight as Tarantino promised it would be, and Thurman said the driver’s seat was not screwed down properly. Thurman lost control of the wheel and the car ended up crashing. The actress sustained injuries to her neck and knees. Thurman would go on to call the car a “deathbox” and the entire ordeal a “dehumanization to the point of death.”
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As Robbie steps into the spotlight as Tarantino’s new leading lady, she’s unsurprisingly being asked to weigh in on Tarantino’s complicated history. Vogue sat down with the actress for its July cover story and brought up Thurman’s car crash. Robbie said she was reassured about working with Tarantino not only because Thurman forgave him but also because the filmmaker helped Thurman get the footage of the crash from Harvey Weinstein after a long battle for possession. Tarantino told The Times the “Kill Bill” crash is “one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
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