Quentin Tarantino Regrets Using Estranged Father’s Surname: “If I Had To Do It All Over Again, I Would Be Quentin Jerome”

The 'Pulp Fiction' director reveals that his estranger fahter only tracked him down once he'd found success as a filmmaker.

Quentin Tarantino has revealed his estranged father only tracked him down once he "became famous".

Appearing on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Tarantino opened up about his estranged biological father, Tony Tarantino, whom the Reservoir Dogs filmmaker said he never knew — and never wants to know. 

He said, "He had 30 f****** years to find me and he never did. But then when I became famous, he crawled out of the woodwork.

“It was f****** horrible. It was a drag. He tried to reach out to me. I wasn’t interested.”

The 58-year-old director revealed he regrets using Tony's surname professionally, and he only did so because it sounded cool.

He explained: "It had nothing to do with him. It had nothing to do with the family. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t use the name Tarantino.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would use my middle name as my last name. I would be Quentin Jerome.”

Tarantino revealed that they have only seen each other once, and he "waved him away".

He added: "So one day I was in a café, I’m ordering something and all of a sudden, he is just there.

“And he’s like, ‘Hi. It’s me.’ And I look up, and I knew exactly who it was. And I go ‘Ugh. I knew this day was going to come.’ And he goes, ‘Yup. That day is today.’

"And he goes, ‘May I sit?’ And I just looked at the table, and I waved him away with my hand. I looked at him when I said, ‘Ugh.’ And then I just looked at my plate and waved him away.

"'Just go, just go'. And he went. That was it. I am sure he is alive. He has done enough that when he dies, they’ll write about him.” 

Tarantino's first novel, a novelisation of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, was released on Tuesday (June 29). — BANG SHOWBIZ

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