Tarantino Responds to Criticism Bruce Lee Depiction in OUATIH

Margot Robbie as the late Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Margot Robbie as the late Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Recently, Bruce Lee's daughter spoke out against a scene in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood that she felt painted her late father in a negative light. The sequence in question revolves around Lee, played by Mike Moh, boastfully claiming that he could best Muhammad Ali in a fight.

Quentin Tarantino attends the press conference of the movie "Once Upon a time in Hollywood" in Moscow, Russia.

Meanwhile, his widow Linda Lee added that the film was "just bad", stating, "I thought the character was like a caricature of himself and made him look stupid, silly and made to be insultingly 'Chinesey.' It strayed so far from the truth of who he was and of any actual encounter he had".

"If people are saying, 'Well he never said he could beat up Mohammad Ali, ' well yeah, he did", said Tarantino. Alright? Not only did he say that but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. "She absolutely said it". "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".

'If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie, ' the director said in an interview with The Independent. "Which is not how he was". Brad [Pitt] wouldn't be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could. While some criticized that it's disrespectful to Lee's talent to insinuate he would lose in a martial arts fight to the fictionalized stuntman, Tarantino once again defended the choice. What Bruce Lee is talking about in the whole thing is that he admires warriors. "If you ask me the question, 'Who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' It's the same question". It's a fictional character. If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character so he could beat Bruce Lee up.

As for Moh's performance, the late star's daughter praised the 35-year-old actor's accurate voice and mannerisms but noted, "I think he was directed to be a caricature" - and pointed out that Moh's hairstyle and sunglasses were based on the look Bruce donned during his Enter the Dragon era in the early '70s, before his death in 1973 at age 32.

"When he focused his attention on you, it was like having the sun shine on you", Shannon said.

Shannon told Variety, "He was continuously marginalised and treated like kind of a nuisance of a human being by white Hollywood, which is how he's treated in the film by Quentin Tarantino". He admires combat, and boxing is a closer approximation of combat as a sport. The movie also stars Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino.

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