Quentin Tarantino's Mum Responds To His Comments About Not Giving Her A 'Penny'
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Quentin Tarantino's mother has responded to recent comments the director made about how he vowed to never give her a 'penny', and amazingly, it sounds like she's taking the high road by keeping things classy.
Tarantino, 58, is worth an estimated $120 million (£86 million), but he recently revealed that he once pledged never to share any of his wealth with his mother.
Speaking to Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman on The Moment podcast, he explained how she wasn't always his biggest supporter, saying she never backed his ambition of becoming a writer.
Tarantino recalled how when he got into trouble for writing screenplays in school, his mum would 'b****' at him about it, saying: "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!'"
He continued: "And 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."
Tarantino's mother Connie Zastoupil has now had her own say about the matter, simply saying in a statement to USA Today that her son has her support, and that she is 'proud' of him.
She said: "Regarding my son Quentin - I support him, I'm proud of him and love him and his growing new family.
"It gave me great joy to dance at his wedding and receive his news upon the birth of my Grandson Leo."
She added that it's easy for comments like Tarantino's to 'spin and go viral without full context' and that she does 'not wish to participate in this salacious transactional media frenzy'.
In the podcast episode, Koppelman asked the 58-year-old if he had stuck to his promises.
Tarantino laughed, saying: "Yeah, yeah... I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house."
He 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."