If he had listened to his mother, Tarantino would never have made a movie (and he still makes him pay)

The American director confided to have kept a very particular resentment following a memorable teenage argument.

There are grudges that heal over time. And then there are those who, on the contrary, are cultivated and strengthened over the years. In his youth, Quentin Tarantino loved to blacken notebooks, create stories, scenarios and polish his quill. As the exercise turned into an obsession, the schooling of the future filmmaker at the Oscars began to suffer, which earned him, one fine day, a memorable sermon from his mother, Connie McHugh. A reprimand that, after all, the now 58-year-old director still hasn’t quite forgiven his mother.

“She was already basking me on something else, when in the middle of her little tirade, she said to me: ‘Oh, and by the way, this little writing career?’, With the quotes on her fingers, ‘this little career of are you a writer? This shit ends now! ””, told Quentin Tarantino on July 28 at the microphone of the American podcast The Moment with Brian Koppelman. Returning to a decisive part of his adolescence, the director recalled that it was difficult for him, at the time, to grant the slightest bit of interest to what did not interest him. In short, very little, apart from films and writing, which had not escaped parental vigilance. “Around my 12, 13 or 14 years old, I started to write scripts, mentioned the American filmmaker. It suddenly became what I spent my time doing at school. All the time. And then one day my teachers told my mother about it. “

Long-term revenge

Narrated with emphasis by a Quentin Tarantino cabotin, this decisive hooking had left its mark on the future director of pulp Fiction and of Jacky Brown. “The day she said that to me, with that sarcastic tone, I said to myself: ‘Ok, my little lady! When I’m a successful writer, you’ll never see a dime of my success. No home for you, no vacation. Not the least Elvis Cadillac for mom. You will get nothing for what you told me ”.” But is the breakup consummated between the bad boy in Hollywood and his mother? No way. “She just wanted to say: ‘don’t do it in class when you’re supposed to be doing something else'”, the filmmaker immediately clarified to his hilarious interlocutors.

Quentin Tarantino, however, kept the surly word he had sworn to keep, from the height of his 12 or 14 years: his mother, still alive, never saw the slightest penny of the filial fortune transform in the step of its door in a luxury sedan or in a five-star residence. “I helped him with a story of taxes, but zero houses, zero Cadillacs!”, the filmmaker pointed out with pride. The moral of the story is delivered by the director himself: “Your words have consequences. Remember this when you talk sarcastically with your children! ”. Despite this green admonition, Quentin Tarantino never stopped writing. After having signed for years during the screenplay of his films, the writer is releasing his first novel this summer, a free adaptation of his last feature film, Once upon a time in hollywood.


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