Quentin Tarantino is not afraid of controversy.
Raconteur director Quentin Tarantino makes the rounds and promotes the romanization of Once upon a time in Hollywood, the book that goes with his film.
Fans of the film will remember that when it came out, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee took offense with the way Tarantino portrayed her father. In the film, Lee is cocky, not shy and also gets kicked in the butt by the character Cliff Booth.
During the Joe Rogan podcast, Tarantino addressed the controversy directly and spoke a little about Lee’s legacy.
Aside from the stark reference, Tarantino underpins the way he portrayed Lee in the film with anecdotes from books about Lee and the stories of how he treated American stuntmen during the film Green hornet. Tarantino stayed true to his reasoning and did not return with the character, representation, or ideas that went into creating that character.
Defending Cliff and his prowess as a fighter, Tarantino said he was a forward-thinking fighter who wouldn’t have stood a chance in a martial arts tournament. But because they were on the backlot, Cliff was able to surprise Lee and use his hubris against him.
In one passage in the book, the character of Bruce Lee sees Cliff use military-style melee and knows he is facing a murderer.
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