Influential icon of 1990s filmmaking, Quentin Tarantino, has reported that he doesn’t financially support his mother after making a vow in his youth.
Born in March 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Quentin Tarantino was the only child of Connie McHugh and actor Tony Tarantino, who left the family before the birth of Quentin. After divorcing, Connie and Quentin moved to LA, where, as a young man, Tarantino would build an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema.
Though, after his mother failed to be supportive of his ambitions as a teenager, the now celebrated director made a personal pledge. Recalling one particular experience in which his mother sided with his teachers when he was told off for writing screenplays in class, Tarantino explained to The Moment podcast of his disappointment.
Tarantino reported, after getting into trouble, his mum “was bitching 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 shit is over’”.
Continuing, he added: “When she said that to me in that sarcastic way, 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’”.
When asked by podcast host Brian Koppelman, co-creator of Billions, whether he had “stuck” to this promise, the filmmaker replied: “Yeah. I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house”.
The director added: “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.”
Quentin Tarantino has recently released a novelisation of his 2019 classic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with his upcoming film potentially due to be the very last of his career.