Kurt Russell accidentally destroyed 145-year old guitar on ‘Hateful Eight’ set

The star broke a priceless artefact from The Martin Guitar Museum

It has been revealed that Kurt Russell accidentally broke a priceless Martin Guitar that was on loan during filming of The Hateful Eight.

During the film – the 8th movie release by Quentin Tarantino – Kurt Russell’s John Ruth takes a guitar from Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character of Daisy Domergue, and smashes it. According to SSNInsider, a shocked look of horror on Leigh’s face was not because of acting, but because the instrument Russell destroyed was a 145-year-old museum piece, and not one of the prop replicas which was going to be swapped back in.


Now, speaking to Reverb, Dick Bloak, director and curator of the Martin Guitar Museum, has spoken of his dismay after discovering what happened to the ‘artefact’, which was 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” he told.

“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 artefact from the Martin Museum.”

The Martin Guitar Museum has vowed to never loan guitars 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.”

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 Jhn 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?”

Tarantino earned no Oscar nominations for his work on The Hateful Eight, but the film received nods in three other categories: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score for Ennio Morricone and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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