It has emerged that a Martin acoustic guitar smashed by Kurt Russell on the film set for Tarantino's latest film wasn't a prop, after all...
Ouch! That's gotta hurt... if you've watched Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight, you may remember a scene where he grabs a Martin acoustic guitar from Jennifer Jason Leigh, and proceeds to smash it. Well, according to an interview with SSN Insider, it wasn't a prop, but a priceless artifact from the 1870's!!!
According to the film's sound mixer, Mark Ulano:
"The guitar was a loner from the Martin Guitar Museum and there were six doubles made. The guitar was from the 1870’s and was priceless. What was supposed to happen was we were supposed to go up to that point, cut, and trade guitars and smash the double. Well, somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt, so when you see that happen on the frame, Jennifer’s reaction is genuine.”
“Kurt shattered the antique guitar and everyone was pretty freaked out. Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips, because he got something out of it with the performance.” Funny enough, the Martin Museum representatives only asked two questions after the incident. “‘Do you need another one and can we please have all the pieces to display in our museum?’”
Dick Boak, Martin Museum’s historian, archivist, and museum director, told Reverb website:
“Upon inspection of the pieces, we realized that the guitar was beyond fixing,” Boak told Reverb. “It’s destroyed.”
Take note, people - never lend a guitar to Tarantino...