The daughter of iconic Asian movie/martial arts star Bruce Lee is furious with how her late father was depicted in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Shannon Lee spoke out to The Wrap, saying:
“He comes across as an arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air,”
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recall that “Lee” has an on-set run-in with Brad Pitt‘s character… and let’s just say it does not end well for Lee.
“I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie,” Shannon said. “I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen … I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-ass who could beat up Bruce Lee.”
She said people often challenged her father in real life, but that he actively sought to avoid confrontations.
“Here, he’s the one with all the puffery and he’s the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was,” she explained.
“It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father,” Shannon, who acts as steward to her father’s legacy via BruceLee.com, her Bruce Lee Podcast, and the Bruce Lee Foundation. “What I’m interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life,” she said. “All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.”
Have you seen the movie yet? What was your thought on that scene? (I admit to being uncomfortable with the broad strokes they portrayed him with.)
(via Page Six; Photo: Avalon)