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Quentin Tarantino defends the portrayal of Bruce Lee in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'


Quentin Tarantino has leapt to the defence of his latest flick Once Upon a Time in Hollywood after facing criticism over the portrayal of the late Bruce Lee. Saying in a clip from Radar Magazine: “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.”

Reported by The Wrap, the cult-director told reporters at a Moscow press event that he believed his portrayal of the action star was a fair depiction. “The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that to that effect.”

The response comes after Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter made angry claims that Tarantino had treated her father unfairly in the movie. “It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theatre and listen to people laugh at my father,” she said. “What I’m interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.”

The reality is that the portrayal of Lee could’ve been far worse. The scene in question sees Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth challenge Lee, played by Mike Moh, to a fight on the set of The Green Hornet. The original scene saw Booth win the fight before Pitt raised concerns over the ending.

With the film due out in UK theatres tomorrow (Wednesday, August 14th) the hype around the film has reached fever pitch. You can read our full review via the link below.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ review: Quentin Tarantino at his brilliant best