|Mike Moh as Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just hit the US big screens and some unhappy tongues are wagging. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do, it’s to mess with Asia’s beloved martial arts king, Bruce Lee – in life and in death. And you certainly don’t mess with Bruce Lee and not get your butt kicked like Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth miraculously did in the film.
Tarantino has mentioned in the past that he was a great fan of the late Hong Kong-American actor so I wonder why he decided to show him in this light? Short clips show a cocky Bruce Lee (I can’t help it, I need to write out his entire name since Bruce just sounds so incomplete, you know?) challenging Pitt’s character Cliff Booth to a fight where the stunt performer Booth actually manages to knock the martial arts legend into a car (gasp).
Well his daughter Shannon Lee certainly isn’t happy – not about her father getting his arse whooped in the film anyway. Shannon Lee says it was “disheartening” to see her father portrayed as an “arrogant arse full of hot air” which is the complete opposite of how he was in real life. Quentin Tarantino has yet to respond to media’s requests for comments so I guess we’ll never know. Bruce Lee, whose work helped to pave the way for Asian representation in Hollywood definitely deserves something better.
In the meantime, as they say, any press is good press – so all this talk will certainly lend a hand in keeping the movie buzzing on everyone’s lips for the time being.