Tarantino defends the Bruce Lee scene from 'Once Upon A Time...'

  • Tarantino defends the Bruce Lee scene from 'Once Upon A Time...'

Tarantino defends the Bruce Lee scene from 'Once Upon A Time...'

But after fans and Lee's family members, including his daughter Shannon Lee, slammed the portrayal as "caricature-like", Tarantino is backing up his writing. Lines have already been drawn in the sand, and assuming you've seen the film and have thought about that moment after you left the theater, you've probably already crystallized your feelings on it.

"If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie". Despite the fact that most Bruce Lee biographers agree that Lee did indeed have a haughty side to go along with his sweet side, Tarantino got slapped with accusations of racism for supposedly portraying the film's lone minority character so disparagingly. I just think I've given all I have to give to movies. I heard him say things like that to that effect. "People say, 'he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali.' Yes, he did. The first biography I ever read was Linda Lee's Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, and she absolutely said it". Lee, in the movie, claims he could defeat Muhammad Ali and, by all accounts, comes across as a pretty cocky individual.

Contention stirred up after Shannon Lee, the daughter of Bruce Lee, spoke out about how she felt Once Upon a Time in Hollywood inaccurately portrayed her father, made a "mockery" of him, and perpetuated a false reality of what life was life for Asian-American actors in 1960s Hollywood. Bruce was screening a Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] documentary. Bruce challenges Cliff to a three round fight, easily winning the first round by kicking Cliff to the floor within seconds. The documentary showed Ali in several of his fights.

'Me and Uma have talked about [a third Kill Bill] recently, ' he said on the podcast. For a man who prided himself on being one of the best martial artists to ever live, appearing to be bested by another in a fight that never even happened might rub those close to him the wrong way. 'Look at my hand, ' he said.

Assuming Polly is correct, Tarantino may have either misread the passage originally or be misremembering Lee's description. "Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could", he said to Russian press. "He's a fictional character, it's the same as asking if Bruce Lee would win in a fight with Dracula".

While Brad Pitt's character was fictional, the idea that he could hold his own against Bruce Lee was intentional. At one point, Booth smashes Lee into a auto door. "But if Cliff and Bruce were fighting in the jungles of the Philippines in a hand-to-hand combat fight, Cliff would kill him". He is a killer. What Bruce Lee is talking about in the whole thing is that he admires warriors. "He is a combat person", Tarantino said.

Tarantino summed up the fight by adding, "If Cliff were fighting Bruce Lee in a martial arts tournament in Madison Square Garden, Bruce would kill him".

For reasons entirely unknown at this time, the social justice warriors have had the daggers out for Quentin Tarantino lately.