The feud between Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee is still going strong. Shannon responded to Tarantino who said, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy” at the Moscow premiere of his latest movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” in which Bruce is portrayed like a cocky buffoon. “He could shut up about it,” she told Variety. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologize or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was.”
This all started because Tarantino portrayed Bruce Lee in a less than favorable light in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” In the movie, Lee is portrayed as an arrogant blowhard who claims he would “cripple” Muhammad Ali in a fight. But when he fights stuntman Cliff Booth(Brad Pitt) he’s thrown into a car. Many people were upset with this caricatural portrayal of Lee including his daughter, Shannon Lee, who told The Wrap that it “was uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father.” She furthered added that she was disheartened to see her father who “comes across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air,” when he was not.
When Quentin Tarantino was asked about the backlash to Lee’s portrayal at the Moscow premiere of OUATIH, he defended his position. Besides calling Lee “kind of an arrogant guy,” he claimed that’s how Lee came off to him after doing research on him. “The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up,” he said. “I heard him say things like that to that effect.
If people are saying ‘Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ yeah he did, alright. Not only did he say that but his wife Linda Lee said that in her first biography I ever read, was Linda’s Lee’s ‘Bruce Lee: The Man I only knew’. She absolutely said that.”
Except, Linda Lee never said that in her biography of Bruce Lee. Instead, she quoted a critic who believed that Lee could beat up Muhammad Ali. Also, Bruce Lee revered Ali and another biographer, Matthew Polly said that Lee told actor John Saxon that Ali would kill him.
Shannon Lee noted that her father wasn’t a “perfect man” and that his confidence could come off as “arrogance.” But, she was not happy with Tarantino claiming it’s fact on one end while fiction on the other.
“[Tarantino] can portray Bruce lee however he wanted to, and he did,” Lee said. “But it’s a little disingenuous for him to say ‘Well, this is how he was, but this is a fictional movie, so don’t worry too much about it.”
This feud should be the next plot to Kill Bill volume 3.