Quentin Tarantino Vowed As A Child To Never Share A 'Penny' With His Mum
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Quentin Tarantino says he vowed as a young boy to never share a 'penny' of the money from his movie career with his mum.
The film director recently opened up about his difficult relationship with his mother, who he says wasn't his biggest supporter.
Speaking to Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman on The Moment podcast, the 58-year-old revealed she never backed his ambition of becoming a writer.
He told Koppelman he wasn't very gifted when it came to the classroom and his mum always had a 'hard time' about it.
Tarantino said that when he got into trouble for writing screenplays in school, his mum would 'b****' at him about it, saying: "'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!'"
He said: "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."
"Did you stick to that?" asked Koppelman.
To which Tarantino replied: "Yeah, yeah. I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house."
The Kill Bill director explained that his mother is still alive, but that he doesn't send her any money.
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."
And it's a good job he stuck with his ambition of becoming a writer because he's not done too bad at it.
For the past three decades, Tarantino has dominated Hollywood, though it's not been all plain-sailing.
Speaking on Joe Rogan's podcast, he explained how he responded to the idea of censorship and political correctness in his earlier days.
He said: "The '80s and the '50s were the worst times for movies ever because it was this politically correct time. In the '50s, it was different because it was just society. In the '80s, self-censorship was going on.
"It was the rise of political correctness after the '70s, where everything was 'just go as far as you can', then all of a sudden everything got watered down...
"The most important thing about a character [in a film] was that they were likeable, and every character had to be likeable."
Tarantino told Rogan he was inspired by filmmakers in Europe and the rest of the world, citing a particularly bizarre opening scene from a Pedro Almodóvar movie.
"There was nothing like that available in America," he explained.
"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is the wildest s*** ever, man. This is amazing.'
"So I remember I was sitting in Video Archives and I remember saying, 'I want to do s*** like that when I'm making movies,' and then one of the guys said, 'Well, they won't let you do that, Quentin.'
"And my answer was, 'Who's they? Who are they to tell me what I can and can't do?'"