"It was heartbreaking." He called it "the biggest regret of my life".
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There was an unseen "little S-curve" that threw the auto out of control, he said. The son of a 16-year-old single mother, Tarantino spent adolescence shuffling between homes in Los Angeles's workaday neighbourhoods and skipping school to watch TV (the Japanese channels would later inform Kill Bill) and movies. "I'm not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realizes now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts", she said.
Tarantino said in retrospect the road he thought was safe actually was not and he faulted himself for not doing a double-check.
The director also under fire for 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern in which he appears to defend director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to having femininity with an underage girl in late 70's. Her concerns were ignored and she was told to shoot the scene anyway.
In footage posted by the Times, the actress is seen speeding down an unpaved road before crashing into a tree.
Nearly 15 years after the incident happened, Thurman was given the footage of the accident by Tarantino. "She never meant this to roll over onto me", he told Deadline.
The director said: "I love Michael, he's a terrific actor, but I didn't trust him with this kind of intricate work, of nailing this". "Far from me being mad, livid and angry, I was all...smiley", he said.
Thurman suffered neck and knee injuries in the accident.
Bender's comments come a day after Thurman blasted him, along with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and E Bennett Walsh, for allegedly covering up the incident.
And Tarantino admits the crash had affected his relationship with Thurman, 47, for some years afterwards. She didn't get hurt.
Weinstein's lawyer on Saturday acknowledged the producer "making an awkward pass" in 1994, but said Thurman's accusations of an attempted physical assault were false.
"She wanted to have it and dated the guy", Tarantino says in the audio interview.
He goes on to make the argument, once more, that it had to be him because it could not have simply been another person on set, and that being the director ensures he "can kind of art direct this spit". Not forever, not for a long time. "We're both one of the closest people in each other's lives", he said. She explains that in such scenes usually two stunt doubles are hired, the choker and the choke-ee, adding, "That's why we're hired, we're able to manipulate the scene and make it look realistic and give it the full energy it needs".