Published: Fri, August 02, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Daughter of late Bruce Lee unhappy with film depiction of father

Daughter of late Bruce Lee unhappy with film depiction of father

While watching Quentin Tarantino's 9th movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I realized that despite him being one of the most influential directors of my youth, the reverence I had for him as a filmmaker never recovered from his Hateful 8.

Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, is taking issue with actor the portrayal of her late father in the star-studded movie, according to The Wrap.

Her criticism focused on a scene in which Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh, trades insults with stuntman Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, and challenges him to a fight on the set of "The Green Hornet" TV show.

Shannon Lee took exception to it because her father had to work "triple hard" to get where he got in the business, when compared to other, white actors. Though she says she understood Tarantino was trying to portray "a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion", she's upset by the film's complete disregard for Lee's accomplishments and life. It's easy to see why Shannon Lee would be unhappy with how her father is treated by Tarantino.

"Here, he's the one with all the puffery and he's the one challenging Brad Pitt". The fact that Booth is a match for Lee is Tarantino's way of establishing this character as physically competent, and who better to use than The Mighty Bruce Lee?

"I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a** who could beat up Bruce Lee".

But Dan Inosanto, who was a protégé and friend of Lee, as well as a practitioner of Lee's Jeet Kune Do style, has said that such remarks would never have come from the movie icon, who revered Clay.

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Shannon Lee said she felt uncomfortable watching the film at the weekend as she sat in a cinema and listened to people "laugh at my father".

It appears that Shannon places most (if not all) of the blame on Tarantino, as she didn't find fault in Moh's performance as her late father.

PEOPLE has reached out to Sony, the film's studio, for comment.

Bruce Lee: A Life author Matthew Polly said of the depiction (via TheWrap), "The full scene with Bruce and Brad Pitt is far different than what was in the trailer".

Margot Robbie plays the role of Sharon Tate, who was an American actress and model in the 1960s. "I'm surprised he didn't afford the same courtesy to Lee, the only non-white character in the film".

But she made her way to Pitt and went in for a kiss on the lips.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood arrives in the United Kingdom on 13 August. While there are some incredible parts-Leonardo DiCaprio is truly awesome in this-it's also a messy, meandering film that would be seen as lazy and narcissistic if it were made by anyone else. Here's to hoping, at least.

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