Quentin Tarantino is one of the most interesting filmmakers we have working right now. He's very open about his life, his process, and his stories. He's also a bit of a raconteur, brushing up against societal expectations and forging his own path through the industry and through life. Tarantino has been doing the rounds to promote his novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

In a recent interview with Brian Koppelman for the writer's podcast The Moment, Tarantino revealed some interesting and petty personal details.

Tarantino says that his mother was not a fan of his early writing. She wanted him to focus on schoolwork and not sit and write screenplays. In Tarantino's words, 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 fucking over.”

He expanded on this childhood trauma, saying, “When she said that to me in that sarcastic way, I was in my head and I go, ‘Okay, 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 said he's kept his word on that, even after Koppelman prompted him.

Tarantino said, “Yeah. Yeah. I helped her out with a jam with the IRS. But no house. No Cadillac, no house.”

If you know the story of Tarantino, you know his childhood was a little fraught, and those dreams he had helped lift him out of a video store to being one of the most famous auteurs of all time. Still, it's his mom. Moms are supposed to tell you to do well in school. I would maybe understand if she told him to give up when he was a video store clerk or something, but forgiveness is a virtue. While I won't pretend to know anything deeper about their relationship, I'm glad that he at least helped her out with some tax problems once. 

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