Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, responds to director Quentin Tarantino's recent comments regarding her father's portrayal in the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
"He could shut up," she told Variation Variation . “It would be really nice. Or he can apologize or he can say, "I don't really know what Bruce Lee was. I just wrote it for my movie. But it shouldn't be taken as who he really was."
Tarantino recently defended his portraying the Asian American martial arts legend (produced by Mike Moh) as an arrogant blowhard. "Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy," Tarantino said on a recent press release in Moscow. "Not only did he talk about it. I heard him say such things to that extent. If people say, & # 39; Yes, he never said he could beat Muhammad Ali, & # 39; yes, he did. Not only did he say it, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read, she absolutely said it. ""
Not so, says Shannon Lee.
"One of the things that are troublesome in his answer are that he wants to present this as fact, and on the other hand we "He'll stay in fiction," she added.
Lee said her father's confidence could be mistaken for arrogance and does not call him a "perfect man, however, noting that the criticism Tarantino draws is one she has heard before, mainly from other white men who were in martial arts and Hollywood.
The passage in his wife Linda Lee Cadwell's book, "Bruce Lee: The Man I Only Knew ", which Tarantino seems to refer to is a quote from a critic who wrote that "Those who watched [Bruce] Lee would bet Lee on making Cassius Clay meaningless, "and not from the author himself.
" [Tarantino] may represent Bruce Lee but he wanted to and he did, "Shannon Lee said." But it's a little insignificant for him to say, "This is how he was, but this is a fictional movie, so don't worry too much about it."
Bruce Lee's protege and education partner Dan Inosanto also rejected the idea that Lee should have bragged about being able to defeat Muhammad Ali in a previous interview u with Variety .
Former TV host and current executive producer of Cinemax's "Warrior" (based on a TV treatment Bruce Lee wrote), Shannon Lee is our caretaker for his father's charity and charity foundation.
Lee returned from a trip to Hong Kong where she had worked with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to update her Bruce Lee exhibit and expand a summer camp martial arts program when she heard about Tarantino's response to criticism of the film's portrayal of her distant father .