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"Kill Bill Vol. 1" Uma Thurman & David Carradine Interviews

'The Bride' and 'Bill' Discuss Their Roles

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Kill Bill star Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman as 'The Bride' in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1."

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“This movie does not take place in the universe that we live in. In this world women are not the weaker sex. They have exactly the same predatory hunting instincts as the men, the same drive to kill or be killed.” – Quentin Tarantino

That’s the explanation Tarantino offers to describe the world of “Kill Bill.” Tarantino’s heavily anticipated fourth film (his fans have been practically salivating since the trailer was released a few months ago and even before that when a copy of the script leaked onto the Internet) stars Uma Thurman as The Bride (her name is bleeped during the movie, but supposedly will be revealed in "Volume 2"). The Bride is betrayed by fellow members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS) and their boss, Bill (David Carradine), who slaughter her groom and the wedding party. Left for dead, she revives after spending four years in a coma and seeks revenge against those who murdered her unborn child, her groom, and wedding guests.

Catching up with Uma Thurman and David Carradine at the Hollywood Premiere of "Kill Bill Vol. 1," I was able to ask a few questions about working with Quentin Tarantino on this extremely violent two-part story.

UMA THURMAN ('The Bride'):

Quentin Tarantino really put you through the wringer on this.
I know, can you believe it?

This should have been called “Kill Uma.”
It was called “Kill Uma” unofficially by me. That was definitely the working title.

What’s the toughest part mentally of playing this role?
She’s a really tough character. I had to walk the fine line of finding the humanity inside of her.

Tarantino's love of music is almost as big as his love of movies. How important a role does music play in “Kill Bill?”
The soundtrack is fantastic. He makes this whole incredible sequence to a song.

What was the toughest stunt you had to do for this movie?
It’s hard to say. I guess fight 88 stunt men for 8 weeks in Beijing China, 6 days a week, 14 hours a day. That was probably the hardest.

Of all the things that die during this movie, you really killed a chicken. How did that happen?
They threw the chickens toward the car when I had to pull the car forward. Apparently the chicken became somebody’s dinner. It was road kill; it was bad.

DAVID CARRADINE ('Bill'):

Is it better to be killed or kill on film?
It’s nice to be able to walk away from it.

Have you had many death scenes?
78.

Wow, that's incredible you knew that number off the top of your head. In this movie the women do most of the killing.
Not all of it. I do a little bit of killing too.

Who do you think are tougher in real life – men or women?
You’re not getting me on that one.

What can moviegoers expect to see from this movie?
Well, they’re going to see a Tarantino film. What more could you need to know (smiling)? It is very special, it’s an epic. It’s big, wide, all over the world. It has a look that’s like “Lawrence of Arabia” or something. It’s remarkable.

How did Quentin Tarantino approach you about the role?
He told me I had it. He gave me the script. It’s a really remarkable script.

Your character's name is on the poster, but your face doesn’t appear in this film. That’s a very strange situation.
It doesn’t? Wow, I must have done something wrong (laughing). I’m a mystery. You have to come and see the second one.

Did you have to do much training before filming started? You were still in shape.
Yeah, but I wanted to do it with everybody. I did three months of 8 hours a day, 5 days a week training.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Lucy Liu, Chiaki Kuriyama and Julie Dreyfus Interviews
Interview with Michael Madsen
Interview with Producer Lawrence Bender
"Kill Bill" Photos, Trailer, Credits, and Movie News

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