The reason why he's stuck to his vow is that "there are consequences for your words as you deal with your children."
Quentin Tarantino is a man of his words.
The film director is known for his unique style, but the man wouldn't have been able to showcase his talent, had he given up because of his mother. According to PEOPLE, his mom allegedly tried to end his filmmaking aspiration by constantly discouraging him. So Tarantino, now 58, took a vow when he was just a young lad of 12, that he would not share even one penny of his money with his mom when he made a name for himself.
On a recent episode of The Moment podcast, hosted by Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman, Tarantino shared his story with the world, starting off with how he always used to get in trouble at school for writing all the time. "They looked at it as a defiant act of rebellion that I'm doing this instead of my school work," he said.
He then spoke about how his mom also gave him a hard tie about his "scholastic non-ability," adding that his mom "was bitching at me about [writing screenplays]... 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 over.'"
She spoke to him in a rather sarcastic tone which didn't do much to discourage the Django Unchained director, who was sure he would succeed in life. "When she said that to me in that sarcastic way, I go, 'Okay lady, when I become a successful writer, you will never see one penny 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.'"
Here's the thing, kids sometimes say the darndest of things, but go back to square one the next day, but not the Pulp Fiction director. So, when Koppelman asked the maker of Inglorious Basterds if he actually did stick to his words, he said "Yeah," explaining, "I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house."
Then, when Koppelman suggested that his mom had driven him to prove her wrong, Tarantino replied, "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 became a father himself, in February 2020, when his wife Daniella gave birth to their son, Leo.
However, in June 2021, the director suggested that he might give up writing movies in favor of writing books or theater. "Most directors have horrible last movies," Tarantino told Pure Cinema Podcast. "Usually their worst movies are their last movies. That's the case for most of the Golden Age directors that ended up making their last movies in the late '60s and the '70s, then that ended up being the case for most of the New Hollywood directors who made their last movies in the late '80s and the '90s."
"To actually end your career on a decent movie is rare. To end it with, like, a good movie is kind of phenomenal." He added, "I mean, most directors' last films are f---ing lousy. Maybe I should not make another movie because I could be really happy with dropping the mic."
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