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I remember when they blew up an irreplaceable, 145-year-old, $40,000 guitar in a Tarantino movie.

The world of video games shares many things with films and series: curious and unique stories. At E.S News we love and share them every day, especially when it comes to games. However, there are many movie tie-ins worth noting.

The main story of this publication belongs to a film by Quentin Jerome Tarantino: The Hateful 8 (2016), one of the director’s latest opuses with Éonce upon a time in Hollywood (2019) and Django Unchained (2012). His filming is usually full of curiosities and stories to tell, but in this case he was crowned like never before… and he always knew it.

A communication failure and a 145-year-old guitar

The Hateful 8 It is a film that remains etched in the minds of everyone who has seen it. The reason is that it takes place almost entirely in a one-room inn and takes place in the Old West, specifically after the end of the American Civil War (1861 and 1865). More or less around the time Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place.

The cast is sublime: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum. Plus, Tarantino himself has a role. And one of the actors in this cast is responsible for breaking an irreplaceable 145-year-old guitar… although it’s fair to say he didn’t do it intentionally.

The story behind this event is interesting, fun and could well be a board game. Hint . Let’s put the context back: the Martin Guitar Museum (antiques museum) loaned the filming of The Hateful 8 a Martin guitar from 1870. The film featured a 145-year-old relic worth $40,000. And what happened to cause one of the actors to destroy this irreplaceable piece?

The scene that interests us takes place after the arrival of John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) at Minnie’s Haberdashery. This is where the events take place. At one point in the film, Daisy asks permission to pick up the guitar and sing the Australian folk ballad called “Jim Jones At Botany Bay” (1907).

At the end of the song, John Ruth takes the guitar from him, announces that the music is over and smashes the instrument against one of the wooden pillars. A single blow is enough to completely shatter it. We all saw, without knowing it, how the actor destroyed a very valuable antique and the only one who seemed to realize it was Jennifer Jason Leigh herself.

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Head of sound Mark Ulano revealed to SSNInsider that it should never have happened this way. The scene was intended to have Jennifer play the song with the original guitar and pause/cut to swap it out for a normal guitar before Kurt completely destroyed it.

Well, somehow communication broke down with Kurt, so when you see Jennifer’s surprised reaction on stage, you know it’s genuine. (…) Tarantino was in the corner of the room with a funny grimace on his lips, because he thought he had achieved something great with the interpretation of this scene.

I encourage you to watch the end of the video again and notice Jennifer’s terrified face when Kurt crushes her against the column. We now know he wasn’t acting: he was pure terror. And it seems Tarantino had something to do with this masterstroke. The scene became a story.

But it does not stop there ! Museum director Dick Boat told Reverb (via Fotogramas) that he only found out how the guitar’s destruction happened after the report:

We were told it was an accident on set. We assumed a scaffolding or something similar had fallen on him. (…) In the script of the film it was stated that the guitar was to be smashed furiously, and somehow no one told the actor that it was about a very precious asset, a totally irreplaceable artifact for the Martin Museum. (…) We were compensated for the value of the insurance, but it is not a question of money. It’s about preserving American history and musical heritage.

Following this scene, the museum declared that it would no longer lend guitars under any circumstances. However, the crime had already been committed and the crime scene The Hateful 8 is authentic: the guitar breaking is truly precious, Kurt does it with total calm and Jennifer’s reaction couldn’t be more authentic.