In the second issue of
“Maxim Movies” there were 5 pages dedicated to “Kill Bill”. Among the things we already know on Volume 1, there was also some interesting stuff on Volume 2…
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Smoking a cigarette on a balcony just a couple of doors down from Tarantino’s room, Thurman is as good-looking as she is elegant as she is tall…Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine any situation in which this woman’s world could possibly collide with, say, the hilariously infantile antics of Johhny Knoxville’s “Jackass” crew. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Tarantino, fresh from a viewing of “Jackass the Movie”, came to film Volume 2’s smack-down between Thurman’s character and a fellow hitwoman, Daryl Hannah’s Elle Driver.
“Oh, he just loves “Jackass”, Thurman recalls. Much to my chagrin”.
“The brutality was always there,” Tarantino says of the Thurman-Hannah fight. “But after seeing Jackass, I thought, you know, this could be grosser. I saw it in Texas, Austin, in a theater where you can drink beer as you’re watching it. I never laughed from beginning to end of a movie so hard as I did at that fucking thing”.
The resulting Kill Bill brawl, which apparently involves crotch kicking, flying snot, and heads being rammed into toilets, is far removed from the martial arts grace of Volume 2.
“The whole concept of these two towering Amazonian uber-blondes just going off on each other in a white-trash bitch fight just seemed so exciting”. Tarantino says, “Part of the fun of Kill Bill was bouncing other interesting physicialities off of Uma. You know, she fights an Asian girl, she fights a black woman. But her number one female nemesis is Elle Driver, and I wanted to come up with the right physiciality”…
…"There was this Japanese monster movie aspect to it, too, like Godzilla and Rodan: Uma Thurman vs. Daryl Hannah. Who will win? You know, I mean, I’d go see that! I had to emotinally top the House of Blue Leaves. It can’t top it as far as grandeur - so I had to do it not through finesse but through brutality. My only regret is, I wish I could have figured out a way in the story line for it to make sense that they could both take a pill and turn 60 feet tall…and then fight over Tokyo!"
Hannah is not the only person to feel the wrath of the Bride in Kill Bill’s second half. There is also the confrontation between the Bride and Michael Madsen’s alcoholic-but-still-deadly Budd, the filming of which, according to Thurman, found her “being dragged on, stepped on, stabbed in the ass with a needle, yanked off the back of a flatbed truck, and losing chunks of my hair in the process…”
…But the biggest difference bewteen the two films, both director and star agree, is that in Volume 2 the Bride is no longer hellbent just on vengeance but also on rescuing her daughter - who, we discovered in the closing moments of Volume 1, is still alive, from Bill’s evil clutches.
“The second one’s definetely deeper”, Thurman says. "Actually, I was joking with a friend that we should have called the first one “Kill” and the second one “Bill”. Ha-ha-ha! That’s all the first one really is: Kill, kill, kill, kill.
It is a view that many critics share, arguing that Tarantino perversely replaced his customary violence-meets-pop-culture-rich-dialogue with gore-infused chopsocky.
“Serious critics said, Look, I had a blasy watching Volume 1, but I wanted a little bit more depth,” says an unrepentant Tarantino. “And my attitude is, Well, you’ll get that on the second one, that’s for sure. But you know what? Volume 1 is the kung fu movie: It’s about 500 people going into a room to see this movie and blowing their fucking heads off”…
…Fans of the Bride shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for her return. “Certainly, if you’d ask me at the end of shooting I’d have said, Over my dead body!” says Thurman. Then again…“Whenever I’ve thought about the Bride, I’ve always thought about a trilogy in 10 year increments,” Tarantino says. “I want her to have some peace. But something happens every 10 years for her to pick up that sword. Now, do I think that we’ll get together in 10 years’ time and do it all over? Right now I can’t foresee, because this was sooo hard.”
“But have you heard the last of the Bride?”, muses Tarantino, grinning. “I’m sure you haven’t”. Ã‚Â