Quentin Tarantino, the famous director of "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill," has revealed that he has never shared his financial success with his mother, Connie Zastoupil. The 58-year-old director said that his mom hadn't received a penny from him because he held on to the insult she told him when he was 12 years old.
In the podcast "The Moment with Brian Koppelman," Tarantino said that his mother gave him a hard time when he was still a student and never supported his love for creating stories. Zastoupil apparently told her son that his writing career was over even before it started. Because of this, Tarantino vowed to his mom that she would "never see one penny from my success."
The director told Koppelman that he did follow through on this vow after nearly ten successful movies. He admitted he helped his mother with the money to get out of a fix with the IRS, but he hasn't gifted her with a car nor a house since he became a massive success in Hollywood.
"There are consequences for your words as you deal with your children," Tarantino said.
No Relationship With Dad
Tarantino was just a young boy when his mother divorced his father, Tony Tarantino. In another podcast show with Marc Maron, the director admitted that he doesn't have a good relationship with his father. However, he kept the surname Tarantino because it was "cool."
The older Tarantino worked as an actor and producer, but Quentin said he never knew him as a person. In hindsight, however, he said that if he had a chance to re-start his successful career, he'd use his middle name and be known as Quentin Jerome.
The biography "Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies," detailed that Zastoupil gave birth at 16 after an unintended pregnancy. She married the director's father to become an emancipated minor. Quentin was introduced to Tony as a child, but the director said his father was never a part of his life until he became a famous director.
He revealed that Tony suddenly "crawled out of the woodwork" and did interviews in the 1990s, just as his son's stardom was on the rise. His father also surprised him at a restaurant one time, but Quentin waved him away.
His 'Little Lion'
The director said that when his father dies, he will write a story about him. In February 2020, Quentin became a father himself for the first time when his girlfriend, Daniella Pick, gave birth to their son, Leo, in Tel Aviv.
The rebellious son said that he couldn't hold back tears when he talks about his son. He calls Leo his "little lion" and said that the baby is the most charming human he has ever met in his life.
Quentin and his wife split their time between her hometown in Israel and his workplace in Los Angeles. However, during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the director enjoyed the downtimes to write scripts for a new movie, which will soon start casting.
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