Kurt Russell Destroys 145 Year Old Priceless Guitar Filming Hateful Eight

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Poor Kurt. As many of you have already heard, there was an incident on the set and filming of Quentin Tarantino's latest cinematic offering The Hateful Eight.

Quentin is all about authenticity in his films and props are no exception. So the Martin Museum loaned one of their guitars to be featured in the Tarantino western. The 145 year old guitar was an authentic Martin from the 1870's and was deemed priceless. 6 duplicates were made for smashing on film.

The original plan was for Jennifer Jason Leigh's character was to play one song on the historical guitar, Kurt's character comes up and grabs the guitar from her, they cut and swap it with a duplicate, resume filming then he smashes the duplicate.


It didn't quite work out that way. Apparently this wasn't conveyed to Kurt Russell, resulting in the destruction of the priceless musical artifact. According to the film’s Academy Award-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano, as quoted in SSNInsider.com, the scene was to be shot up to a certain point, a cut made, the guitar swapped out for a double and for the double to be smashed. “Well, somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt, so when you see that happen on the frame, Jennifer’s reaction is genuine,” Ulano said, as quoted in SSNInsider.com.

Upon hearing of the incident, the museum was understanding of the situation. But with the continuing coverage and articles swirling around new information such as the info offered by Ulano above, Dick Boak, director of the museum, archives and special projects for C.F. Martin & Co. had this to say, “We were informed that it was an accident on set,” Boak says. “We assumed that a scaffolding or something fell on it. We understand that things happen, but at the same time we can’t take this lightly. All this about the guitar being smashed being written into the script and that somebody just didn’t tell the actor, this is all new information to us. We didn’t know anything about the script or Kurt Russell not being told that it was a priceless, irreplaceable artifact from the Martin Museum.”

Boak says the guitar was insured for its purchase price, which doesn’t reflect its value as an irreplaceable museum artifact. Boak also says that Martin requested that the pieces be returned for a possible restoration, not for inclusion in the Martin Museum as stated in SSNInsider.com. “Upon inspection of the pieces, we realized that the guitar was beyond fixing,” Boak said. “It’s destroyed.”

“We want to make sure that people know that the incident was very distressing to us,” Boak says. “We can’t believe that it happened. I don’t think anything can really remedy this. We’ve been remunerated for the insurance value, but it’s not about the money. It’s about the preservation of American musical history and heritage.”

"As a result of the incident, the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances,” Boak says. “We want to make sure that people know that the incident was very distressing to us,” Boak says.

Ouch. Well on the other end, Jennifer Jason Leigh is the last person to play the 145 year old six string priceless guitar. And see it's destruction. And convey her genuine emotional response. And it's all caught on film.

You can either wait to see the infamous moment when it hits Blu Ray and Digital or you can catch it on the copyright-infringing video below.

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