Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Uma Revels in Cut and Thrust

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Uma Revels in Cut and Thrust

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Uma Thurman tells Eileen Condon about her gruelling role in Kill Bill, while Damon Smith reviews the latest from cult director Quentin Tarantino.

Like most new mums, actress Uma Thurman was keen to get back into shape after the birth of her second baby. But few other women will have followed her extreme weight-loss programme.

Three months after giving birth to Roan, she teamed up with old partner-in-crime Quentin Tarantino to make the most violent and physically gruelling movie of her career.

The slender 33-year-old high kicks her way through virtually every scene in Kill Bill and became a Japanese-speaking martial arts expert and Samurai swordswoman to do it.

Although she suffered for her art, Thurman says the role is one of her most fulfilling.

She says: "It was mad.

"My character has to struggle throughout the entire journey.

"I was very overweight from pregnancy and the entire wardrobe department had bloody fingers from taking my costume in every week because I was slowly shrinking."

Thurman says she was "thrilled" when she got the call from her old friend Tarantino.

They had worked together on Pulp Fiction and he was so determined to have Thurman in the lead for Kill Bill that he delayed filming for a year until she'd had the baby.

For her part, Thurman says there's "very little she wouldn't do" for the 40-year-old cult director.

She says: "I was incredibly pleased, amazed and overwhelmed.

"It was a testament to his loyalty, his friendship, his patience and his general goodness.

"Mind you, they used to call me from production saying, `OK, when's the baby coming?' And I said, `Listen, if you put any more pressure on me to drop this baby, I'm going to hang on to it'."

Thurman might have hung on a bit longer had she known what was in store for her.

She plays a woman who falls victim to an assassination attempt, while pregnant, on her wedding day. …

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