Just when you thought that movie director Quentin Tarantino couldn’t get any cooler, there is a possibility that his mom dated Wilt Chamberlain.
Tarantino revealed this information in an interview to help promote his new movie “Django Unchained” with NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Rick Chandler at NBC’s Off The Bench transcribed the best parts:
GROSS: “Your mom had a United Nations kind of home?”
TARANTINO: “Yeah, it was almost like a sitcom, the way we lived in the 70s. Because she was in her 20s, she was hot, alright, she was a hot white girl and her best friend named Jackie was a hot black girl and her other best friend, Lillian, was a hot Mexican girl. And they lived in this swinging singles apartment with me.
“It was the ’70s, and I was living with these three hip single ladies, all always going out on dates all the time, dating football players and basketball players …”
GROSS: “Professional ones?”
TARANTINO: “Oh yeah, my mom, she dated Wilt Chamberlain.”
GROSS: “Nooo …” (both laugh).
Awesome. Hey, it was the ’70s, it was Los Angeles, so the question should have been who didn’t date Wilt Chamberlain?
TARANTINO: “[My mother’s] boyfriends would come over, and they’d … take me to blaxploitation movies, trying to, you know, get me to like them and buy me footballs and stuff, and … my mom and her friends would take me to cool bars and stuff, where they’d be playing cool, live rhythm-and-blues music … and I’d be drinking Shirley Temples — I think I called them James Bond because I didn’t like the name Shirley Temples — and eat Mexican food … while Jimmy Soul and a cool band would be, you know, playing in some lava lounge-y kind of ’70s cocktail lounge. It was really cool. It made me grow up in a real big way. When I would hang around with kids I’d think they were really childish. I used to hang around with really groovy adults.”