Quentin Tarantino says he vowed not to give his mom a 'penny' of his fortune after she belittled his writing as a child
Quentin Tarantino told "The Moment" podcast that he stuck to his vow never to give his mom a "penny" of his fortune after she belittled his writing as a child.
The "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" director was speaking to the host of the podcast, "Billions" co-creator Brian Koppelman, about his childhood and the trouble he would get into for writing screenplays instead of doing his schoolwork.
Tarantino recalled that when his mother, Connie Zastoupil, scolded him because she had "a hard time about my scholastic non-ability."
He said: "She was b----ing at me about that and then in the middle of her little tirade, she said, 'Oh, and by the way, this little 'writing career,' with the finger quotes and everything. This little 'writing career' that you're doing? That s--- is f---ing over."
The renowned director added: "When she said that to me in that sarcastic way, I was in my head and I go, 'OK, lady, when I become a successful writer, you will never see penny one from my success. There will be no house for you. There's no vacation for you, no Elvis Cadillac for mommy. You get nothing. Because you said that.'"
Koppelman then asked if Tarantino "stuck" to his vow and the 58-year-old director laughed and replied, "Yeah. Yeah. I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house."
Koppelman tried to persuade Tarantino to buy his mom a house saying that she "drove him" to prove her wrong. To this Tarantino said: "There are consequences for your words as you deal with your children. Remember there are consequences for your sarcastic tone about what's meaningful to them."
Tarantino has been an incredibly successful screenwriter and director and has won three Oscars during his career. His highest-grossing movie, 2012's "Django Unchained," earned over $420 million at the box office.
Tarantino's mother re-married after separating from Tarantino's father when the "Pulp Fiction" director was very young. Tarantino does not have a good relationship with his father, Tony Tarantino, and said on Marc Maron's WTF podcast that he only kept his surname because it sounded "cool."
"It had nothing to do with him," Tarantino told Maron. "It had nothing to do with the family. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't use the name Tarantino. If I had it to do all over again, I would use my middle name as my last name. I would be Quentin Jerome."