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In a resurfaced interview for the 2007 double feature Grindhouse, singer and actress Fergie alleged that Quentin Tarantino bit her hard enough that he left bite marks on her arm while shooting a scene that saw her character being chased by zombies.
In the special bonus feature DVD of the movie, which is comprised of the Tarantino-directed film Death Proof and the Robert Rodriguez-helmed Planet Terror, Fergie recalled in one interview that during production of Planet Terror, Tarantino “was so into” play-acting a zombie that the crew kept on having to redo the scene. Tarantino’s billing in Planet Terror was “Rapist #1 / Zombie Eating Road Kill,” according to IMDb.
“We kept having to redo the scene because he was so into being this creature that he was making all these noises,” she said. “And he was blaming it on the other guys, but really Quentin was making all the noise.” In a video of the special-bonus feature, which resurfaced Thursday on the blog website Jezebel, Tarantino runs behind the cameras in stride with Fergie, who is filming her escape scene.
In another interview also included in the feature, Fergie said that while filming the same scene, Tarantino started biting her. “So I’m doing the scene, right, and he starts biting me,” she said. The feature then includes video footage from the shoot showing Tarantino pinning the actress to the ground, this time in front of the cameras. “Fucker, get off me,” she says, laughing, in the footage.
In an interview with Rodriguez about the incident, the director said, “It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t like a bite, she wasn’t bleeding or anything. Certainly you felt some teeth on flesh. It happens, people get into the role.”
In more video footage included in the clip, Fergie showed a visible bruise on her right shoulder. “Quentin fucking bit me. And by the end of this shoot, I will bite him back,” she said. See the full special-feature video here.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight outside a wrap party for The Four: Battle for Stardom on Thursday night, the singer expressed that the video was taken out of context when it reappeared online on Wednesday. “First off, I stand with victims everywhere no matter what genre, race, gender, age. I stand with victims period, and I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story. That just wasn’t my story,” she said.
“We were just kind of having banter. We were having a little bit of fun,” she added. “But make no mistake, I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story, and I stand with every victim and everyone’s story everywhere.”
Tarantino’s conduct on set has been the subject of headlines since Uma Thurman alleged in an op-ed penned by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times that the filmmaker ordered her to drive a vintage convertible that she wasn’t comfortable with at 40 mph on the set of Kill Bill. The actress subsequently crashed and sustained injuries including a concussion and an injured neck and knees. Thurman also alleged that Tarantino spit on her and choked her during scenes when other actors were supposed to be acting those roles for the film.
On Monday, Tarantino responded to the allegations, denying that he ever yelled at Thurman to get her to drive the car, but also apologized. “That is one of the biggest regrets of my life. As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see,” he said.
Feb. 9, 10:33 a.m. Updated with Fergie’s Thursday comments about resurfaced footage.
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