Quentin Tarantino Jokes Son Leo Was Not Named After Leonardo DiCaprio: He's 'Our Little Lion'
The director also teased that he wants his son to learn the F-word "as soon as possible"
Quentin Tarantino is opening up about fatherhood.
Giving a rare peek into his life as a dad to 16-month-old son Leo, the celebrated film director chatted with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday's episode of his late-night talk show about life with a little one. Tarantino, 58, insisted that his baby boy's name was not, in fact, inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio, despite having worked together on Django Unchained and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
"We almost didn't name him that because people would assume I named him after Leonardo DiCaprio," the director said. "There's nothing wrong with that, but … he's named after my wife's grandfather, but also because, just in our hearts, he was our little lion."
"So he's a lion. That's how we thought about him," the Oscar winner added, who also discussed his soon-to-be-released novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on the show.
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Tarantino, his wife Daniella and their son are currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel — and the location has seemingly inspired Leo's speech.
"He's talking — they're not necessarily words, but he makes himself understood," the director said. "He can only say one word and that is 'abba,' which is the Hebrew word for 'dada.' And a third of the time, he means me."
When Kimmel, 53, jokingly asked how soon it would be before Leo was "saying the F-word" (an expletive used liberally in many of his guest's films), Tarantino joked with a laugh, "As soon as possible."
In all seriousness, the dad added, "I'm actually learning a lot with Leo, because he watches these baby TV [shows] and it's all in Hebrew. I'm learning the Sesame Street version of Hebrew."
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PEOPLE confirmed baby Leo's arrival in February of last year. He was born in Tel Aviv.
Tarantino and Daniella, who is the daughter of Israeli singer-songwriter Tzvika Pick, first met in 2009 while the director was in Israel promoting his film Inglourious Basterds.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel is out Tuesday, but available for preorder now on amazon.com.