Will Tarantino's last movie, following his 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, be his long-rumoured R-rated Star Trek movie? Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in leading roles, OUATINH has created a huge buzz in the West since the film's trailer dropped.
After enough criticism mounted, Tarantino eventually defended his portrayal of Bruce Lee during a press tour for the film in Russian Federation and provided a fairly compelling case, citing Lee's own wife as a source.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan was also disappointed with Tarantino's portrayal of Bruce Lee.
More Kill Bill: "Me and Uma have talked about [a third Kill Bill] recently, ' he said on the podcast". And I kind of openly lament that to him, but he understands the math of when he feels like directors start falling off their game. If people are saying, 'Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali, ' well yeah he did. Alright? Not only did he say that but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. "She absolutely said it". The root of the controversy is the scene in which Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) and the fictional stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) engage in a best-two-of-three fight on the set of the real-life television show The Green Hornet, on which Lee starred as Kato.
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is now playing in theaters.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is slated to release in India on August 15, 2019, i.e. Independence Day 2019. If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character so he could beat Bruce Lee up. "He's a fictional character", Tarantino explained.
Bruce Lee fans have also taken Tarantino to task for the outcome of the fight scene.
Critics, including Inosanto, took umbrage with the scene's depiction of a stuntman holding his own against the Enter the Dragon actor, at one point catching Lee's kick and throwing him into a auto. If you ask me the question, OK, who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula? "But if Cliff and Bruce Lee were fighting in the jungles of the Philippines in a hand-to-hand combat fight, Cliff would kill him".
That logic echoes what I personally believe to be the point of including Lee in this film at all: what stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo described as the goal of the scene, which was to "explain to the audience the level at which Cliff was [operating]". What he admires is combat, and boxing is a closer approximation of combat as a sport ... He has killed many men in WWII in hand-to-hand combat. Cliff is not even part of a sport that is like combat, he is a warrior.
Lee's family, including widow Linda Lee Caldwell and daughter Shannon Lee, have criticized Tarantino's depiction of the martial arts master. "He is a combat person".