A few months ago, legendary director Quentin Tarantino made some comments that are still coming back to haunt him. Speaking at a protest in New York City, Tarantino made negative comments regarding police brutality; and as you can imagine they didn’t go down well. The comments were made in the run-up to the release of his latest picture, The Hateful Eight and there was a call across American from various police officials to boycott the feature’s release. Whether because of the uproar or not, The Hateful Eight underwhelmed at the box office but nothing more was said and that seemed like the end of it.
Now enter Tarantino’s estranged father, Tony Tarantino, a man who, as Quentin has claimed in the past, “was never part of my life. I didn’t know him.” Tony Tarantino has promised to donate 10% of the proceeds from his independent film Prism to the Los Angeles Police Protective League in what appears to be more a public shaming of his son than a sincere act of charity. Speaking to New York Daily News, Tony Tarantino stated:
“Quentin’s ignorance [about] law enforcement and his inciting so much hate towards [police] really infuriated and upset me to the point where speaking out is not enough … That is where the idea came from and we have worked on it since then to logistically put it together.”
Prism is a drama about law enforcement fighting drug cartels and is based on the novel Colour of the Prism by Thomas J. Nichols. Tony Tarantino has written, directed and starred in the production.
No doubt the words have not impressed his son, who has always claimed that Tony was an absent father and that he was raised by his mother in a single-parent family. He has also professionally snubbed his father in the past by claiming:
“He wanted to be an actor … Now he’s an actor only because he has my last name.”
Tony Tarantino’s Prism has a trailer that was originally posted to YouTube in 2013 (see below) and he hopes the film will be released sometime in December.