There’s no love lost between Quentin Tarantino and his father Tony. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that Quentin pretty much loathes his dad. The elder Tarantino abandoned his son and his son’s mother when Quentin was still in his mama’s belly. Tony apparently wasn’t the domestic type.
As is often the case, the estranged father started to express an interest in his son when Quentin started making money. The color of green stirred up Tony’s paternalistic impulses. He started to morph into Mike Brady, if Mike Brady had been played by Tony Montana. But all attempts at bonding with his son were spurned. The one time he actually confronted Quentin in person, he was told to get lost. He left, but he didn’t get lost.
Well, I never knew my father. That’s the thing. I never knew him. He wanted to be an actor. Now he’s an actor only because he has my last name. But he was never part of my life. I didn’t know him.” Quentin Tarantino
Nothing has stopped Tony, least of all shame, from trying to cash in on the Tarantino name. He claims to be an actor and a director, but based on this clip from the movie Blood Money, which he co-directed and stars in, the talent gene seems to have bypassed him and gone directly to his son. Though, I must admit, Tony’s right index finger shows some promise.