Quentin Tarantino is thanking Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia for making his career what it has been.
“The Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985 to 1992, featured the famed director as an Elvis impersonator when he was an aspiring actor. Now, he’s crediting the experience for launching his career, CNN reports.
“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,’” he mentioned to Jimmy Fallon.
It wasn’t just the part in a hit comedy sitcom that led him to more open doors in the acting world. The money he got from playing the part actually helped launch him into his next big gig.
“It became a two-part ‘Golden Girls.’ So I got paid residuals for both parts,” Tarantino continued. “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.”
The money actually helped him hit off his first feature film. “And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get ‘Reservoir Dogs’ going,” Tarantino shared.