In a crazy, and very unfortunate incident, it has been revealed that actor Kurt Russell inadvertently smashed and broke a priceless Martin Guitar that was on loan during the filming of the movie The Hateful Eight.
In the filming of Quentin Tarantino’s 8th movie release—Kurt Russell’s character, John Ruth, takes a guitar from Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character, Daisy Domergue, and smashes it. All good, but, according to SSNInsider, the shocked look of horror on Leigh’s face in the scene was not because of the amazing acting taking place, it was because the guitar that Russell smashed to pieces was a 145-year-old museum piece, and not the prop replica that was going to be used.
Speaking to Reverb.com, Dick Bloak, the director and curator of the Martin Guitar Museum, conveyed his utter dismay after discovering what had happened to the artifact, which was built and hand crafted in the 1870’s.
“We were informed that it was an accident on set,” he said. “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.”
As you can imagine, the Martin Guitar Museum has now vowed to never loan guitars out to the film industry again.
“We want to make sure that people know that the incident was very distressing to us,” continued Bloak. “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.”