Bruce Lee’s daughter: ‘Quentin Tarantino misrepresented my father to younger generation’

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her …

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.

  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her father in his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood “belittling” and “irresponsible”.  

 “For a lot of people this is going to be their first introduction to Bruce Lee, in particular, younger generations, they’re going to think this is what he is – that he was this arrogant guy that liked to challenge people,” she said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” 

 Bruce, who died in 1973 aged 32, is played by Mike Moh in the filmmaker’s latest movie. Shannon has expressed anger at a scene in which he is shown boasting before picking a fight with Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth. 

 Quentin defended his depiction of the Fist of Fury star at a press junket in Moscow, Russia earlier this month by explaining that he had done biographical research. He also commented, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.” 

 However, Shannon did not accept the 56-year-old director’s view.  

“I think he (Quentin) was very irresponsible. I think that he created a view of him that was a caricature. 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 continued. “My father is very beloved by many, many people. He was really a big symbol for many Asian men and Asian American men in particular.  

 “(People) mistook his confidence, which he had in spades, as arrogance. In particular, if they were white men in Hollywood or in the martial arts or something like that… 

“He could have handled it in a way that was respectful of my father as well as served his story purposes… The way that he’s portrayed by Quentin Tarantino in the film, is exactly in that way, sort of belittling him.” 

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Bruce Lee’s daughter demands Quentin Tarantino stop talking about her late father

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father. The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wr…

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father.

The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wrap last month she felt he came “across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air” and a “caricature”. The director responded by commenting that Bruce was “kind of an arrogant guy”, and Shannon has now told Variety she just wants Quentin to stop talking about her father, who died at the age of 32 in 1973, altogether.

“He could shut up about it,” she raged on Wednesday. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologise 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.'”

In one scene in the film, Bruce, as played by Mike Moh, is seen boasting about his elite combat skills while on the set of The Green Hornet, and also claims he would cripple Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) if they were to square off. He also challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be thrown into a stationary car.

“I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a*s who could beat up Bruce Lee,” Shannon previously told The Wrap of the filmmaker’s intentions. “But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Mike also shared he was somewhat uncomfortable over his portrayal of the Hollywood icon, and stated to Birth.Movies.Death: “I was so conflicted because he’s my hero – Bruce in my mind was literally a god.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, and Al Pacino, is now showing in cinemas.

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

Quentin Tarantino has defended the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by claiming the depiction is based on the action star’s own words. In Tarantino’s latest movie, Mike Moh portrays the martial arts legend, who died in 1973 aged…

Quentin Tarantino has defended the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by claiming the depiction is based on the action star’s own words.

In Tarantino’s latest movie, Mike Moh portrays the martial arts legend, who died in 1973 aged 32, as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be beaten down and thrown into a stationary car.

The portrayal has been criticised by media outlets as well as Lee’s daughter Shannon, and the Pulp Fiction filmmaker has now defended his depiction at a press junket in Moscow, Russia by saying, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.”

He continued to explain that the portrayal was based on biographical research.

“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,” he explained, according to Variety. “If people are saying, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ well yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that.”

Shannon criticised the way her father was “marginalised” in the movie in the same way he had been in Hollywood, and Bruce’s protege Dan Inosanto has taken issue with the scene, saying his mentor would never have behaved so arrogantly.

“He was never, in my opinion, cocky,” Dan told Variety. “Maybe he was cocky in as far as martial arts because he was very sure of himself. He was worlds ahead of everyone else. But on a set, he’s not gonna show off. Bruce Lee would have never said anything derogatory about Muhammad Ali because he worshipped the ground Muhammad Ali walked on.”

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Mike Moh was ‘conflicted’ about Bruce Lee portrayal in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Actor Mike Moh was “so conflicted” about his Bruce Lee scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, the Inhumans star plays the martial arts legend, who is portrayed as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman cha…

Actor Mike Moh was “so conflicted” about his Bruce Lee scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

 In Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, the Inhumans star plays the martial arts legend, who is portrayed as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be beaten down and thrown into a stationary car. 

 Lee’s daughter Shannon has publicly blasted the “caricature” depiction of her father in the film, as have a number of media outlets, and now Moh has revealed he was “so conflicted” about the scene when he first read the script, because Lee “was literally a God” in his eyes.  

 However, he insisted Tarantino is known for upending expectations and they both greatly admire the late Enter the Dragon star.  

 “I can see how people might think Bruce got beat because of the impact with the car, but you give me five more seconds and Bruce would have won,” he told Birth.Movies.Death. “So, I know people are going to be up in arms about it, but when I went into my deep dive of studying Bruce, he more than anybody wanted people to know he’s human. And I think I respect him more knowing that he had these challenges, these obstacles, just like everybody. I don’t know any actor out there that doesn’t have some sense of wanting to be more – and I think that’s the sign of somebody that wants greatness, and will achieve greatness, always wanting more.” 

 Last week, Shannon told The Wrap she was “disheartened” to see her father, who died in 1973 aged 32, portrayed as “an arrogant a*shole who was full of hot air”. 

She added: “I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a*s who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.” 

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Leonardo DiCaprio felt uncomfortable using flamethrower in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio was uncomfortable setting his co-stars on fire while filming a scene for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Revenant star plays fictional actor Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Brad …

Leonardo DiCaprio was uncomfortable setting his co-stars on fire while filming a scene for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Revenant star plays fictional actor Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, and Damian Lewis.

In the film, faded TV star Dalton features in a movie called The 14 Fists of McCluskey, where he plays the role of a flamethrower-wielding Nazi hunter with an eye patch who sets a bunch of men on fire.

However, according to stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo, DiCaprio had major concerns about shooting the scene, as he had to use the weapon himself.

“Leo was not very gung-ho with all the flamethrower stuff. Literally, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. And I completely understood it. Normally you use a stunt person in that spot to be able to manage firing a flamethrower at somebody,” Alonzo told the Huffington Post. “(Leo) is actually lighting them up and holding a flame to them for about seven to eight seconds as the flamethrower is traversing back and forth around eight guys that he’s never met.”

The Oscar-winning actor was finally convinced to do the scene after some “coaxing” by supervising stunt coordinator Zoe Bell. Following a flamethrower demonstration by Alonzo, who showed the 44-year-old how to safely handle the weapon, DiCaprio applauded the stunt team and decided to go ahead with the shot.

“That is psychologically difficult to do, so kudos to him on being able to stay in character and do that scene,” Alonzo added.

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Austin Butler had 12-hour audition for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant…

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Butler described the audition process as “one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had,” and recalled to WWD that he sent the casting director a tape, not even knowing what role he was auditioning for.

“Normally you go into an audition and you’re there for 20 minutes and you’re gone. I was there for almost 12 hours, and he gave me the job at the end of the day. Which never happens,” Butler said. “We did a handshake deal at the end of the day and he said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Yes, you just made my life’ and I gave him a hug. And then I got back on a plane, went straight to the theatre and did a show that night, on a Tuesday.”

The actor, who recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, recently won the coveted part of playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about the icon and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Before news broke that he had beaten competition from fellow actors Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role of Elvis, Butler told WWD that he had been going backwards and forwards to meetings with Luhrmann for a month.

“We’ve been sort of working together for the last month. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I can’t talk about it at all, but yeah,” he shared.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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George Takei open to role in Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek film

George Takei would love to reprise his role as Sulu in Quentin Tarantino’s mooted Star Trek movie – if the script meets his standards. Takei’s castmate William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series, has alrea…

George Takei would love to reprise his role as Sulu in Quentin Tarantino’s mooted Star Trek movie – if the script meets his standards.

Takei’s castmate William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series, has already indicated he’d love to return for a cameo, and Takei has now said he’d like to work with Tarantino too.

“It depends on the script,” the 82-year-old told a reporter from The Blast, but added that the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director is “a great filmmaker”.

Warming to the idea, he expressed an interest in joining the cast – but only if he fits in with the 56-year-old’s vision for the project.

“Well, it all depends,” he explained. “He is a very individualistic filmmaker, so he will decide how he envisions it, who he is gonna cast.”

Plans for an R-rated Tarantino-directed Star Trek were first revealed last year, although the director is not officially on board and a script has not been finalised.

That has not stopped Shatner issuing a plea to the director to bring him back as the original Captain Kirk.

“Quentin Tarantino said something in the paper that somebody said to me, that he loved me,” he told Reuters. “And Quentin, I love you. If you’re going to do Star Trek 50 years later, a few pounds heavier, come on. Not a problem!”

Although a new Star Trek movie would likely feature younger actors, like the reboot trilogy J.J. Abrams launched in 2009 with Chris Pine playing Kirk, there is a precedent for bringing back members of the original cast for cameos – the late Leonard Nimoy appeared as Spock in Abrams’ Star Trek and the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Bruce Lee’s daughter slams ‘uncomfortable’ portrayal of her father in Quentin Tarantino movie

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon has criticised the portrayal of her father in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Actor and martial arts expert Lee, who died in 1973 aged 32, rose to fame in the early ’70s after the success of his Hon…

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon has criticised the portrayal of her father in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Actor and martial arts expert Lee, who died in 1973 aged 32, rose to fame in the early ’70s after the success of his Hong Kong-produced martial arts films, which included The Big Boss and Fists of Fury, after struggling with stereotypical roles in Hollywood.

Shannon has accused the director, who cast actor Mike Moh to play her father, of representing him “as an arrogant a*shole” in his film, which is set in ’60s Hollywood.

“(Bruce Lee) comes across as an arrogant a*shole who was full of hot air, and not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others,” she told the movie website The Wrap. “It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theatre and listen to people laugh at my father.”

In the film, Moh’s Lee challenges stunt performer Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, to a fight, in an encounter in which Booth gets the better of him, slamming him into a car door. According to Lee, her father would never challenge someone who was not versed in martial arts to a fight.

“I understand that the two (lead) characters are antiheroes, and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen … and they’re portraying a period that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion,” she said. “I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super-bada*s who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Lee, who is president of the Bruce Lee Foundation and CEO of Bruce Lee Entertainment, added: “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.”

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