There might have been no Quentin Tarantino without “The Golden Girls”.
Appearing on “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director explained to host Jimmy Fallon how a guest spot on the classic sitcom helped get his directing career off the ground.
Before becoming a filmmaker, he started out with “a very unsuccessful acting career.” Tarantino shared, “However, one of the jobs I did get, and not because I did a wonderful audition, but simply because they sent my picture in and they said, ‘He’s got it,’ was for an Elvis impersonator on ‘The Golden Girls’.”
That small role paid dividends, literally.
“It became a two-part ‘Golden Girls’. So I got paid residuals for both parts,” Tarantino recalled. “It was so popular they put it on a ‘Best of The Golden Girls’, and I got residuals every time that showed. So I got paid maybe, I don’t know, $650 for the episode, but by the time the residuals were over, three years later, I made like $3,000. And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get ‘Reservoir Dogs’ going.”