- The co-director of the
HBOdocumentary “Tiger,” Matthew Hamachek, informed Insider how they had been in a position to get Tiger Woods‘ mistress, Rachel Uchitel, within the film.
- He mentioned that conversations occurred months earlier than manufacturing started resulting in a near eight hour interview together with her for the documentary. The primary they performed for the film.
- “Rachel felt strongly that no one had ever informed her facet of the story; that the media had taken her and turned her right into a caricature,” Uchitel mentioned.
- “I needed to inform my story on HBO as a result of I needed individuals to see what actually occurred,” Uchitel informed “Additional” earlier than half 1 of “Tiger” aired on Sunday. “I used to be not a mistress, and I used to be in an actual relationship, and I would like individuals to go away me alone about it.”
On the conclusion of half 1 of the Tiger Woods HBO documentary, “Tiger,” we watch as Woods wins the 2006 Open Championship, marking the primary main win for Woods after the demise of his father Earl.
Emotion overtakes Woods as he cries within the arms of his caddie Steve Williams after which his spouse Elin Nordegren. It has all of the makings of a storybook ending for an athlete who to the general public is every little thing his father needed him to be: an inspiration that transcends sports.
It is Rachel Uchitel. The mistress of Tiger Woods.
“Okay, so what would you like me to speak about?” she asks to the digicam as half 1 of “Tiger” ends.
It units the stage for an explosive half 2 of the documentary by which all of Woods’ demons come out and destroys his public picture.
To land Uchitel’s first-ever in-depth interview took lots of conversations between her and the filmmakers earlier than manufacturing started, “Tiger” co-director Matthew Hamachek informed Insider. Noting that all of it got here all the way down to belief.
“We met together with her for lunch, and Rachel felt strongly that no one had ever informed her facet of the story; that the media had taken her and turned her right into a caricature,” mentioned Hamachek, who co-directed the film with Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”).
Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2009, the world was shocked when information got here out that Woods was in a automotive accident simply outdoors his Florida mansion. Quickly after, a slew of ladies went public about their affairs with Woods over time, however Uchitel, a New York Metropolis night time membership supervisor, stood out because the tabloids reported that she was the one who broke up Woods’ marriage.
“What she actually needed was to verify she had a platform to inform her facet,” Hamachek mentioned concerning the discussions he had with Uchitel about taking part within the documentary.
A few months of back-and-forth discussions led to her doing a near eight hour interview for “Tiger,” the primary one achieved for the documentary.
“It was a marathon,” Hamachek mentioned. “We talked about every little thing. She actually does inform her total story of assembly Tiger up by means of what occurred the night time that their relationship got here to an finish.”
In an interview on
“Extra” earlier than half 1 of the documentary aired Sunday, Uchitel mentioned the final decade has been “a residing hell” for her.
“I needed to inform my story on HBO as a result of I needed individuals to see what actually occurred,” she mentioned. “I used to be not a mistress, and I used to be in an actual relationship, and I would like individuals to go away me alone about it. I made a foul determination. And I remorse it, and I am embarrassed about it and … my apology is to 2 individuals, not the world, two individuals.”
chunk of half 2 of “Tiger” is devoted to Uchitel and Woods’ fling, in addition to different issues that led to his fall from grace, together with accidents, his divorce from Nordegren, and a dependency to medicine and alcohol that led to a 2017 arrest for driving below the affect.
Hamachek mentioned he felt it was vital to have Uchitel within the film as a result of it provides an added layer to Woods’ story.
“What I actually needed to do was paint a portrait of his life from the individuals who knew him finest and hopefully to convey a little bit of empathy to his story,” he mentioned. “That is what the individuals who talked to us helped us do.”
“There have been tons of salacious particulars we might have gotten into,” Hamachek continued, “however we needed to get to the center of who this man is and why all this occurred to him.”
Half 1 of “Tiger” is on the market now on HBO Max, half 2 airs on HBO and HBO Max on January 17.