Quentin Tarantino's mom reacts to director's vow never to give her 'penny' of his fortune

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he hasn't given a penny of his Hollywood fortune to his mom — and it's all because of a harsh comment she made to him when he was a kid.
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Quentin Tarantino says he hasn't given a penny of his Hollywood fortune to his mom — and it's all because of a harsh comment she made to him when he was a kid.

The renowned director, whose net worth is an estimated $120 million, opened up about his childhood promise to never give his mother any money from his Hollywood success during a July appearance on the podcast "The Moment with Brian Koppelman."

Though Tarantino, 58, said he knew he wanted to pursue a writing career from a young age, he struggled in school, something his mother, Connie Zastoupil, "always had a hard time about."

One day, as his mother berated him over his poor academics, she told the budding writer something he never forgot.

"And then, in the middle of her little tirade, she said, 'Oh, and by the way, this little writing career?' — with the finger quotes — 'this little writing career that you’re doing? That (expletive) is (expletive) over,' " Tarantino said.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he hasn't given a penny of his Hollywood fortune to his mom — and it's all because of a harsh comment she made to him when he was a kid.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he hasn't given a penny of his Hollywood fortune to his mom — and it's all because of a harsh comment she made to him when he was a kid.

The director then clarified his mother meant she didn't want him writing in class, when he was "supposed to be doing something else."

Regardless, the comment struck a nerve with Tarantino.

"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,' " he said.

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And turns out, Tarantino wasn't kidding, telling podcast host Koppelman that, for the most part, he's stuck to that vow.

"I helped her out of a jam with the IRS, but no house," the director said. "No Cadillac."

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Tarantino added it's important parents understand their comments can have a significant impact on their kids.

"There are consequences for your words as you deal with your children," he said. "Remember: There are consequences for your sarcastic tone about what’s meaningful to them."

Tarantino's mother responded to her son's comments about her in a statement to USA TODAY on Wednesday, saying her son has her love and support.

"Regarding my son Quentin – I support him, I'm proud of him and love him and his growing new family," she said. "It gave me great joy to dance at his wedding and receive his news upon the birth of my Grandson Leo."

Zastoupil added that it's easy for podcast comments to "spin and go viral without full context" and that she does "not wish to participate in this salacious transactional media frenzy."

Tarantino went on to become one of Hollywood's most successful directors, helming classic films like 1994's "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" series and winning two Academy Awards for best original screenplay.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Quentin Tarantino hasn't given his mom any of his wealth. Here's why