Jennifer Jason Leigh knew Kurt Russell was destroying a priceless guitar in ‘The Hateful Eight’

Russell had no idea, however, and Tarantino probably didn't know either...

Jennifer Jason Leigh – who plays Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino‘s latest movie The Hateful Eight – has revealed that she knew the guitar Kurt Russell destroys in the movie was genuine.

It emerged last week that the guitar Russell destroyed during the movie was an authentic 1870s Martin, a handcrafted museum piece that should have been exchanged for a replica ahead of the scene’s filming. In an interview with, Leigh reveals that her reaction to the guitar smash in the movie is real, as she knew the guitar hadn’t been exchanged.

“I thought we were going to trade out the guitars,” Leigh said. “You’re never going to cut a scene until Quentin says cut. And Kurt thought it must be a dummy guitar. I don’t think Quentin knew that it was the [authentic guitar], either.

“The scene was going exactly the way he wanted it to go, and he wanted to play one scene in the movie in real time without a cut, in one long take. Kurt felt terrible; he had no idea. When he found out, his eyes literally welled up. It ended up being great for the scene, but very sad for the guitar, and for my guitar teacher, and for me.”

The Martin guitar museum has vowed never to lend guitars again following the error, as outlined in the below news report:

Last month, Russell dismissed suggestions that Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is misogynistic.

The epic western’s main female character, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy Domergue, receives brutal treatment at the hands of Russell’s character, John Ruth a.k.a. The Hangman, who frequently punches her in the face.

Responding to suggestions that this violence is misogynistic, Russell told News Corp Australia Network: “When people say that, they reveal themselves.”

Continuing, Russell explained that his character in the film treats all prisoners equally regardless of age, gender or anything else. Summing up John Ruth’s mentality, Russell said: “You step outside that box, I’m going to beat the shit out of you – I don’t care if you’re a five-year-old kid, I’ve got a license here that says I can kill you. Forget misogyny, I can murder you. You have no rights, nothing.”

He also suggested that it would have been sexist for John Ruth not to treat Daisy the same as other prisoners, saying: “If you don’t treat that woman (the same) — who in this case is every bit deserving of it — what are you, a sexist? You don’t think women are equal to men?”

The Hateful Eight was released in UK cinemas on January 8.