Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy. Whenever one of his movies comes out, there is at least one big lingering thing that some people can’t stomach. Sometimes it’s the use of the N-word, sometimes it’s his treatment of women, and sometimes it’s just his over-the-top violence. Regardless, the dude is an old hand at this.
However, one controversy that has unexpectedly taken root has to do not with violence, but with his portrayal of the legendary Bruce Lee. As was reported by TheWrap, Lee’s daughter Shannon was not too happy with the actor and martial artist’s depiction in the movie.
In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Lee is pretty much putting on a sermon in front of all the other stunt guys, and his feathers are ruffled when Brad Pitt’s character Cliff inadvertently chuckles at something he says. Lee challenges him to a fight, and the two have it out, only for each of them to get in one good hit before the fight is brought to an end.
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So, is this arrogant portrayal of Lee a pure fictionalization? Tarantino himself is pushing back against this idea as he told a band of reporters in Moscow.
“Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy. The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that to that effect. And people say, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Mohammed Ali.’ Uh, yeah he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife Linda Lee said that. The first biography I ever read was Linda Lee’s Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, and she absolutely said it.”
He then addresses the idea that Brad Pitt’s character would not be able to defeat Bruce Lee.
“Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee. But Cliff maybe could. If you ask me, ‘Who would win in a fight? Bruce Lee or Dracula?’ It’s the same question. It’s a fictional character.”
Tarantino then goes on to humor fans and discuss under which circumstances each of these people would be able to beat each other in combat. For that, I recommend the video down below!
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