New York Daily News

Updated: Friday, October 30, 2015, 9:09 PM

  

 

Quentin Tarantino's father bashes son's anti-police statements

BY NANCY DILLON, THOMAS TRACY, LARRY MCSHANE

    
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Tony Tarantino, the 75-year-old father of Quentin Tarantino, says his son sometimes "lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality."  

Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino’s anti-cop rant caused some “Pulp Friction” with his dad.

Queens native Tony Tarantino, who has three cousins who were NYPD cops, said Thursday that son Quentin went too far with his wild charges that cops are murderers.

“Quentin is a phenomenal talent, a filmmaking genius,” the 75-year-old father told the Daily News. “So when he or someone like him gets up and makes a statement like that, it’s felt the world around.

“It’s an injustice to call New York cops murderers. That is so wrong. They don’t deserve that kind of talk.”

Tarantino, the acclaimed director of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction,” railed against the police at an Oct. 24 rally against police brutality in Washington Square Park.

"I'm a human being with a conscience," the younger Tarantino said at the rally. "And if you believe there's murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."

But Tony Tarantino said his son went too far: “There are idiots in any profession ... But you can’t come down on a whole department.”

The filmmaker's extreme words earned a thumbs down from New York's top cop — especially since the protest took place less than a week after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was murdered in the line of duty.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton reiterated his gripe with the Tarantino son, while offering a fonder assessment Friday of the father.

“His dad is a product of New York City, grew up on the streets of New York, was a very active participant in the Police Athletic League — which he (says) helped steer him in the right direction,” said Bratton.

Earlier in the week, Bratton blasted Quentin Tarantino for both his comments and the timing of the remarks.

"Shame on him, particularly at this time, where we're grieving the murder of a New York City police officer," Bratton said during an interview with John Gambling on WNYM-970 AM.

Quentin Tarantino did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

Tony Tarantino, an actor, musician and composer, said in a statement released by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association that the movie-maker shot off his mouth without thinking.

“Sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality," said the not-so-proud papa said. "I believe that is what happened when he joined in those anti-cop protests.

“Cops are not murderers. They're heroes."

The PBA, the city’s largest police union, has called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "The Hateful Eight" when it opens on Christmas Day.

Police unions in other major cities, including Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have also joined the boycott.

A union spokesman said that Tony Tarantino came to them, not vice-versa.

"It is not easy criticizing someone you care about," PBA President Pat Lynch said Friday. "But (Tony Tarantino's) son, Quentin Tarantino, has insulted the very people who protect his freedom of speech and who facilitate the making of his films.

"He owes an apology to law enforcement officers across the country and we will continue to encourage the boycotting of his films until he makes such an apology," Lynch said.

ttracy@nydailynews.com