October 30, 2015 | 10:13am   

 

Even Quentin Tarantino’s dad thinks he’s a jerk for anti-cop comments

By Yaron Steinbuch

    
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Quentin Tarantino’s estranged father has joined cops nationwide in assailing the embattled director for his anti-cop comments just days after Officer Randolph Holder was gunned down.

“I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers,” Tony Tarantino said in a statement.

“He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality. I believe that is what happened when he joined in those anti-cop protests.”

The elder Tarantino joined the fray after police across the country — including those with the LAPD and the Philadelphia Police Department – have condemned the “Pulp Fiction” director and called for a boycott of his films.

Tarantino called cops “murderers” Saturday while addressing a crowd of protesters in Washington Square Park.

“I wish he would take a hard, dispassionate look at the facts before jumping to conclusions and making these kinds of hurtful mistakes that dishonor an honorable profession,” his dad said.

“We have many friends and relatives who have served honorably in the NYPD and the LAPD and clearly, they risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe. Cops are not murderers, they are heroes.”

Quentin described a nonexistent relationship with his dad during a 2010 interview.

“Well, I never knew my father,” the actor told The Telegraph before accusing his dad of breaking into acting by capitalizing on his own success.

“He wanted to be an actor,” he told the paper “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. I’ve never met him.”

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said: “We are very grateful to Tony Tarantino for having the courage to speak out and support the police. It is not easy criticizing someone you care about. But his son, Quentin Tarantino, has insulted the very people who protect his freedom of speech and who facilitate the making of his films.”

Queens-born Tony Tarantino, also an actor and film maker, credits local police officers and his involvement in the Police Athletic League for setting him straight as a youngster.