“I couldn't imagine they would even be using the guitar”: Kurt Russell says he couldn’t care less about that 145-year-old Martin he smashed on The Hateful Eight – and the tale of the “priceless” guitar has been blown out of proportion

Kurt Russell and the smashed The Hateful Eight Martin parlor guitar
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Kurt Russell has sought to tell his side of the story regarding his infamous The Hateful Eight guitar smash, which saw the actor unknowingly destroy a 145-year-old parlor guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum.

If, for whatever reason, you’re unaware of the tale, it goes as follows: during the filming of Quentin Tarantino’s Western epic, Russell featured in a scene that saw his angered character rip a guitar from his co-star’s hand and batter it beyond repair.


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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.