Quentin Tarantino defends Bruce Lee’s depiction in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bada** who could beat up Bruce Lee. Alright? In an interview with TheWrap, Shannon Lee had blasted Quentin Tarantino for showing her late father as an “arrogant a**hole”. She said, “I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie. Mike Moh plays the role of Lee in the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the lead. Not only did he say that but his wife Linda Lee said that in her first biography I ever read. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”


Tarantino also opined whether Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth could defeat Bruce Lee in hand-to-hand combat. If you ask me the question, ‘Who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?’ It’s the same question. The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he’s a fictional character so he could beat Bruce Lee up. He has killed many men in WWII in hand to hand combat. It’s a fictional character. The reality of the situation is this: Cliff is a Green Beret. I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen… and they’re portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion. She absolutely said that.”
Brue Lee died at the age of 32 in 1973. Advertising

At a press conference in Moscow, Tarantino, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy. What Bruce Lee is talking about in the whole thing is that he admires warriors. 0
Comment(s) Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could. He is best known for his martial arts movies like Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. I heard him say things like that to that effect. If people are saying, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Mohammad Ali,’ well yeah he did. 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. Apart from Shannon, the scene has also offended many Lee fans who have expressed anger on social media. Tarantino said, “Could Cliff beat up Bruce Lee? Cliff is not part of the sport that is like combat, he is a warrior. He is a combat person.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in 1969 in the backdrop of the Manson Family Murders.