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Bruce Lee's Daughter Slams Portrayal of Action Star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino was recently asked about the criticism regarding his depiction of Bruce getting easily knocked down by Brad Pitt's character Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Director Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood calls back to action star Bruce Lee in one of the scenes where Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) easily defeats him in a fight on a movie set. Earlier, Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee had objected to the scene in the film and now she has openly criticised Quentin for ‘perpetuating Hollywood’s portrayal of him as a dispensable stereotype’.

Quentin was recently asked about the criticism regarding his depiction of Bruce getting easily knocked down by Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Replying to this, the director had said, “I can understand his daughter having a problem with it-it’s her f—ing father, I get that. Everybody else: go suck a d—."

Replying to Quentin, Shannon said, “If only he’d take the name Bruce Lee off his lips now." About Quentin’s comment, she further stated, “And while I am grateful that Mr Tarantino has so generously acknowledged to Joe Rogan that I may have my feelings about his portrayal of my father, I am also grateful for the opportunity to express this: I’m really f—ing tired of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was."

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“I’m tired of hearing from white men in Hollywood that he was arrogant and an a-hole when they have no idea and cannot fathom what it might have taken to get work in the 1960s and ’70s Hollywood as a Chinese man with (God forbid) an accent, to try to express an opinion on a set as a perceived foreigner and person of colour."

Speaking about Bruce’s portrayal in the film, she wrote, “Look, I understand what Mr Tarantino was trying to do. I really do. Cliff Booth is such a bada- and a killer that he can beat the crap out of Bruce Lee. Character development. I get it. I just think he could have done it so much better."

“But instead, the scene he created was just an uninteresting tear-down of Bruce Lee when it didn’t need to be. It was white Hollywood treating Bruce Lee as, well, white Hollywood treated him — as a dispensable stereotype," she added.

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first published:July 04, 2021, 08:29 IST