Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino praised life in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic when he appeared on the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week.
Tarantino moved to Tel Aviv with his wife, Israeli singer Daniella Pick, for just three months in early 2020, but was forced to stay an entire year due to the COVID pandemic.
The legendary director, producer and screenwriter appeared on the show to promote his new book “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, named after his latest film. He also spoke about living in Tel Aviv, learning Hebrew and his fifteen month old son.
“I would have preferred not to have been out of my own country against my will for a whole year,” Tarantino said of the difficult situation he and his family found themselves in. “However, if I’m going to be in another country, the country that has handled COVID the best is probably the best country to be.”
Kimmel also referred to Tarantino and Pick’s son Leo, who the director said was not named after Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Tarantino’s 2012 film “Django Unchained,” but rather after his wife’s grandfather.
“But also because in our hearts he’s just our little lion, that’s how we thought about him,” said Tarantino, who also spoke about his son’s very first and currently only word. “He can only say one word and it is ‘abba’ which is the Hebrew word for daddy.”
The director also boasted of his own Hebrew word vocabulary, which he learned during his year in Israel: “I learned a lot of words, not enough to conduct a conversation.
“But I learn a lot from Leo because he watches that stuff on baby TV and it’s all in Hebrew. And so I learn from him things like ‘Cat is Hatul’, ‘Horse is Sus’, ‘Cow is Para’. So I’m learning the Hebrew version of Hebrew Sesame Street.