Bruce Lee's Daughter Isn't Happy With Quentin Tarantino
Filling the conspicuous void of buddy comedies about the Manson murders is Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. Also some guy whose full-time job is now pretending to be Charles Manson. The movie is already a hit, and depending on who you ask, it's either a masterpiece or the equivalent of watching vintage paint dry. One person who's not a fan: Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon.
One Upon A Time In Hollywood features a lot of real-life figures who were hanging around 1960s Los Angeles, from Sharon Tate to Roman Polanksi to Steve McQueen. One particularly memorable scene involves the legendary Bruce Lee, who spars with stuntman Cliff Booth, played by Pitt. Despite the fact that Cliff smokes, drinks, and eats like a depressed college freshman, he's somehow able to match Bruce friggin' Lee in hand-to-hand combat. This may be the least realistic thing Tarantino has ever done, and he straight-up murdered Hitler once.
Shannon Lee criticized this scene on several levels. For one, her dad probably wouldn't challenge a random stuntman to a fight for no reason while working on his show. She calls the scene a "rage fantasy," intended to establish how "super-badass" Pitt's character is, and says that "they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive."
While the scene is probably meant to represent the clash between old and new Hollywood, there's no escaping the racial dynamics. Not to mention that while many of the real Hollywood stars in the movie are depicted with nuance and humanity, Lee says her dad was "directed to be a caricature". Sadly, the crazy theory (SPOILERS in the link) we had about Lee's role in the movie didn't totally pan out.
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