In 2007, Zoë Bell sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to discuss her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof — half of the Grindhouse double feature he directed along with Robert Rodriguez. Bell had previously worked with Tarantino on Kill Bill: Vol. 1, where she served as Uma Thurman’s stunt double. As it turns out, this experience would prove critical to her role in Death Proof, since she would be performing her own stunts — something Tarantino apparently insisted upon.
That was like a stipulation! I never had to convince Quentin, he said, “That’s part of the reason I’m casting you. I want that.” I think there was a while there where it looked a little dodgy as to whether insurance companies would allow that to happen. I don’t think anyone told either me or Quentin about it in detail because there would have been uproar.
As far as I was concerned there was going (to be) no other way, and who knows about the future but as far as I’m concerned I would always like to do my own stunts because I love doing them. I think what’s so brilliant about having an actor who does her own stunts, or a stuntwoman who does her own acting – depending on which way you want to look at it – is there’s a genuineness to it that when you’re watching it there’s a gut reaction, a sense of reality. It’s beyond just being aware there’s a stunt double in the scene.
Read the full interview here.
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