×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Diane Kruger Says Working With Quentin Tarantino Was ‘Pure Joy’

Diane Kruger has come to the defense of director Quentin Tarantino, who came fire after Uma Thurman said she was forced into a stunt she was uncomfortable with on the set of his “Kill Bill.”

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Kruger, who worked with Tarantino on “Inglourious Basterds,” said she did not have the same experience with him as Thurman had, despite a scene in the film where the director graphically chokes her.

“This is an important moment in time and my heart goes out to Uma and anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and abuse. I stand with you,” the actress says in the post. “For the record however, I would like to say that my work experience with Quentin Tarantino was pure joy. He treated me with utter respect and never abused his power or forced me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with.”

Tarantino has openly discussed the Kruger choking scene, including on “The Graham Norton Show,” where he said, “I talked to Diane and I said, ‘This is what I would like to do if you’re okay with it, because I don’t want some phoney-baloney bulls— here. I want to do it because it’s on me. I said to her I’m going to be the hands and what I’m going to do is I’m going to just strangle you for a little bit of time, going to cut off your air and see the reaction in your face and we’ll cut.'”

Tarantino commented further on the choking scene in an interview with Deadline on Monday. “When I did ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ and I went to Diane [Kruger], and I said, ‘Look, I’ve got to strangle you. If it’s just a guy with his hands on your neck, not putting any kind of pressure and you’re just doing this wiggling death rattle, it looks like a normal movie strangulation. It looks movie-ish’… What I would like to do, with your permission, is just… commit to choking you, with my hands, in a close-up,” he said. “We do it for 30 seconds or so, and then I stop. If we need to do it a second time, we will. After that, that’s it. Are you down to committing to it so we can get a really good look?’… The stunt guy was monitoring the whole thing.”

In an interview with the New York Times published on Saturday, Thurman accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her. The article also detailed an experience on “Kill Bill where Tarantino forced her to execute a driving stunt that she did not feel comfortable doing herself, and that resulted in injuries she still suffers from today. Thurman said on Monday that she doesn’t blame Tarantino for the accident, however, and is “proud” of him for doing “the right thing” and providing her with footage of the crash years later.

Tarantino faced more backlash this week when a 2003 Howard Stern interview resurfaced online of the director defending Roman Polanski, saying that his 13-year-old victim “wanted to have it and dated the guy.” Polanski was arrested in 1977 for five offenses following the alleged assault, including rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. He fled the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

More Film

  • Captain Marvel

    Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Shatters $900 Million Milestone

    Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul [...]

  • Us - Lupita Nyong’o - cr:

    Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend

    Talk about scary good. Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind just Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by [...]

  • 'Shazam!' Review: Zachary Levi is Pure

    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

    More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers. The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently [...]

  • Doppelgänger Red (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adelaide

    Box Office: 'Us' on Track for Second-Highest Debut of 2019 With $67 Million

    Jordan Peele’s “Us” is on its way to scaring up one of the biggest debuts of 2019, with an estimated $67 million from 3,741 North American locations. Should estimates hold, “Us” will be able to claim several milestones: the highest debut for an original horror movie (the biggest launch for any horror pic goes to [...]

  • NF_D_JGN-D6-2160.cr2

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content