Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Bruce Lee's Daughter Slams Portrayal of Dad in Tarantino Film

Bruce Lee's Daughter Slams Portrayal of Dad in Tarantino Film

I'm more aware now of his tendancy to lean into casual racism for a joke, use violence against women with wanton thoughtlessness, and to sometimes be more in love with his ideas than an actual storyline.

"He was very happy to be there", a source told PEOPLE at the time.

Sony had projected the film would make roughly $30 million over its opening weekend. Some viewers have objected to various elements of the movie's story, including its depiction of Bruce Lee.

In order to transform his actor character, Rick Dalton, into a Western villain for a pivotal scene, the 44-year-old Oscar winner's longtime makeup artist, Siân Grigg, created a super-exaggerated horseshoe mustache - much to DiCaprio's chagrin. Lee is talking to various bystanders about Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, and feels he could take the boxer in a fight. The first-round victor is Lee (Mike) who easily thrashed Booth.

The problem of this scene is twofold.

Recently, Shannon Lee is giving the interview after watching her father's movie, "Once upon a time in Hollywood".

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Shannon allowed it was possible Tarantino meant to make a meta comment about the way Asians were marginalized in "a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion", but she ultimately concludes "it doesn't come across that way".

"But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive", Shannon added. The movie gives us the Bruce Lee that we might believe was real, as opposed to the man that was. "It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theatre and listen to people laugh at my father", she said. She did, however, like Moh in the role and said he did a good job with some of her father's mannerisms, and his voice, "but I think he was directed to be a caricature".

She said it was regrettable that Tarantino had treated Bruce Lee the way that white Hollywood did during his career. "Bruce revered Cassius Clay (Ali); he never trash talked him in real life".

"What I'm interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life". The film, which stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, among many others, is the first one to be distributed outside the Miramax/Weinstein Company universe.

In the film, Lee challenges Brad Pitt's stuntman character Cliff Booth to an on-set duel which eventually ends in a draw.

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