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Bruce Lee’s Controversial Representation In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

31 July 2019

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Bruce Lee’s Controversial Representation In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino’s new movie has many fans, but Bruce Lee’s daughter isn’t one of them.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood is both a rose-colored love letter to a Hollywood long gone and a dreamy re-interpretation of that history its director is enamored with. One person who isn’t in love with Tarantino’s revisionist approach is Bruce Lee’s daughter. 

Shannon Lee recently spoke to The Wrap regarding the movie’s depiction of her father in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes: A brawl on a studio backlot between Lee (Mike Moh) and veteran stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). The sequence, shot mostly in one take, is intended to show off how badass and skilled Booth is — if he can take on and defeat Lee, then you don’t wanna mess with him. But the late martial arts legend’s offspring sees it a bit differently:

“I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super badass who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive,” Shannon Lee said. “He comes across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air. And not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others.”

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