Quentin Tarantino’s Mother Speaks Out on Son’s Pledge to Never Give Her Money From His Success

by Chris Haney
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Famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino recently made comments about not giving his mother any of his fortune, and she has now responded.

Tarantino made the viral comments last week during an appearance on Brian Koppelman’s “The Moment” podcast. During the pair’s conversation, the director spoke out about an interesting dynamic within his family. To this day, Tarantino holds a grudge against his mother who discouraged his screenwriting and filmmaking career at an early age. In return, he pledged to never give her a dime of his Hollywood fortune.

Supposedly his mother, Connie Zastoupil, yelled at him for writing while in school instead of paying more attention in class. She spoke with USA Today on Wednesday and shared her thoughts about her son’s viral comments. Zastoupil said she’s still proud of her son and happy for his “growing new family.”

“Regarding my son Quentin – I support him. I’m proud of him and love him and his growing new family,” Zastoupil told USA Today. “It gave me great joy to dance at his wedding and receive his news upon the birth of my grandson Leo.”

Quentin Tarantino’s mother also added that his comments were somewhat taken out of context. She said it was easy for them to “spin and go viral without full context.” Further, Zastoupil shared that she does “not wish to participate in this salacious transactional media frenzy.”

Quentin Tarantino’s Comments About His Mother Go Viral

While speaking with Koppelman, the Pulp Fiction director said he was 12 years old when he made the vow to himself. His mother scolded him for writing screenplays in class after his teacher punished him for not focusing on his schoolwork instead.

Quentin Tarantino told Koppelman that his mom had trouble coming to terms with the fact that he wasn’t scholarly. After he got in trouble with his teacher for writing movies in class, Zastoupil went on a “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–t is over,” he recalled on the podcast.

“And 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 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,'” Quentin Tarantino added.

In general, the director has kept his word about not giving his mother any of his Hollywood fortune. However, Tarantino did admit he helped his mom “out of a jam with the IRS.” Yet he did stick to his guns about not buying her a house or an expensive car.

“There are consequences for your words as you deal with your children,” Quentin Tarantino told Koppelman. “Remember: There are consequences for your sarcastic tone about what’s meaningful to them.”

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