Quentin Tarantino may have scored a big hit with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but at least one person isn't at all happy with the filmmaker's latest. The major scene Bruce Lee is featured in the movie sees him at odds with Brad Pitt's stunt man character Cliff Booth.
On Wednesday, DiCaprio and Tarantino sat down for an episode of "Notes on a Scene" to talk about the inspirations for Rick Dalton, one of the main characters in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".
In an interview with TheWrap on July 29, Shannon Lee said it was "disheartening" to see how the renowned Hollywood director depicts her father as "an arrogant asshole who was full of hot air".
"Then I saw Bruce Lee, and I was like, 'Wow, this guy can kick ass, the girls want him, he is super-strong and confident.' I hadn't seen someone like that before". "I feel like [my father] was picked on in the way that he was picked on in life by white Hollywood", she said during a conversation with the L.A. Times. "And not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others", she said. So, it was only a matter of time before he set his sights on the Golden Era of Hollywood, which is exactly what he does in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood", whose title refers to Sergio Leone's classics "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Once Upon a Time in America".
I'm not here to scold Lee's daughter for defending her father's image. "And even if he did, there wasn't a stuntman in Hollywood fast enough to catch his leg and throw him into a vehicle".
Brad Pitt and Cliff Booth. While there are some unbelievable parts-Leonardo DiCaprio is truly wonderful in this-it's also a messy, meandering film that would be seen as lazy and narcissistic if it were made by anyone else.
As noted by Complex, she believes Tarantino took liberties with her father that are misleading. They don't quite blend together, and the film spends too much time on the relationships and workings of Hollywood insiders.
She also revealed that her mother, Linda Lee Cadwell, had told her: "I thought the character was like a caricature of him and made him look stupid, silly and made to be insultingly "Chinesey".
Was Bruce Lee a modest, button-downed role model of humility?
Quentin Tarantino, as of this writing, has not responded to the comments made by Shannon Lee.
Mike Moh at the premiere for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But what makes Tarantino's portrayal of Lee so amusing is that - sorry to say this - it's based in part on the truth.