A new interview with Quentin Tarantino has revealed that his characters’ penchants for long-term grudges are actually inspired by the creator himself.

Tarantino spoke on how his mother struggled with his academic “non-abilities” on the Apple podcast, The Moment, and how she didn’t support his affinity for script writing – particularly because he would do it during class.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino recalled, “She was bitching at me about that, 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 shit is fucking over!’ She just meant don’t do it in class when you’re supposed to be doing something else.”

The Reservoir Dogs director then went on to say that he would spite his mother for this, by vowing to never give her a penny from his success.

He continued, “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.”

The interviewer then asked Tarantino if he kept his promise to himself. And Tarantino replied, “Yeah, yeah. I helped her out of a jam with the IRS, but no house! No Cadillac.”

He then suggested that Tarantino buy a house for his mother anyway suggesting that she fuelled his fire to become the successful writer he is today.

To that, Tarantino replied, “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.”

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