The daughter of renowned TV star and actor, Bruce lee has slammed Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of her father in a film.
Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee describes the act as irresponsible and belittling of her father.
Responding to Tarantino’s recent comments, Shannon told GMB: “He wants to say, ‘Oh, this was a fact, this is what he was like, but this is a fiction movie so don’t bother yourself too much about it’.”
She had previously compared Tarantino’s vision of her father to that of “white Hollywood’s”, but the ever-provocative filmmaker has since insisted that actor Mike Moh’s portrayal was truthful, claiming that Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.
Opening up about her father’s influence in the Asian community, Shannon called the iconic actor, martial artist, and philosopher “a man of depth and a man of great character”.
People mistook his confidence, which he had in spades, as arrogance,” she explained. “In particular if they were white men in Hollywood or in the martial arts or something like that…”
Suggesting Tarantino’s creative decisions were not “respectful” towards her father, Shannon added: “[He is] being treated the way he was treated by Hollywood back in the time when he was trying to make accurate representations of Asian men in film.
“He was not treated respectfully. The way that he’s portrayed by Quentin Tarantino in the film, is exactly in that way, sort of belittling him.”
Earlier this month, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s co-stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo revealed that Tarantino’s original screenplay saw Bruce Lee lose to Brad Pitt’s fictional Cliff Booth, a move that both the crew and Pitt considered concerning.
“I know that Brad had expressed his concerns, and we all had concerns about Bruce losing,” Alonzo said. “Everyone involved was like, ‘How is this going to go over?’ Brad was very much against it. He was like, ‘It’s Bruce Lee, man!'”