Quentin Tarantino, who has been reflecting on his work to date, admits that he would change his name if he had the ability to start his career again.
The director, who also recently claimed that he still has plans to retire from filmmaking after his tenth film, discussed his family name in a new interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
Tarantino, explaining that his birth father’s name was Tarantino, also revealed that he actually grew up using his stepfather’s name of Zastoupil.
“I didn’t even know about the name Tarantino really at that time. I was Zastoupil,” he told Marc Maron. “That was my name. I was always known by that. That’s how I learned to write.”
Adding: “I never knew [my father] at all. So when I took the name Tarantino around 18 or 19, it was simply because it sounded cool, it was Italian. Quentin Tarantino sounded like a cool name. It had nothing to do with him. It had nothing to do with the family.”
Tarantino continued: “It also had the benefit of reinvention, because I had never used it. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t use the name Tarantino. I would use my middle name, which is Jerome, as my last name. I would be Quentin Jerome.”