Quentin Tarantino's latest film, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” which hits Portuguese theaters this week, portrays Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and has received some criticism for her portrayal of Bruce Lee as one of real figures that appears in the film in a secondary role.
As seen in the trailer, Bruce Lee challenges duo Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) to an informal fight during a break from shooting the series that made him a star, "The Green Hornet". Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee, criticized, among other things, the outcome of the fight and the fact that the actor said he would be able to defeat boxer Muhammad Ali.
According to Lee, in the movie, Bruce "looks like an arrogant bastard who was full of basophony and not someone who had to fight triple all those people to conquer what was naturally given to so many others."
At a press conference presenting the film in Moscow, Quentin Tarantino responded to these criticisms, stating that “Bruce Lee was a bit arrogant.” “The way he spoke… I didn't make up most of that. I heard him say that kind of thing, with that sense. If people are saying, 'Well, he never said he could beat Muhammad Ali,' well, yes, he said that, yes. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, also said it in the first biography I ever read, which was 'Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew', and she said absolutely that, "explained the director. .
Regarding the fighting skills of the martial arts legend Tarantino obviously admires, and the fight he has with Cliff, the character played by Brad Pitt, the director also responds to the lyrics: “Could Cliff beat Bruce Lee? Brad certainly couldn't beat Bruce Lee, but maybe Cliff could. ”
“If you ask me, 'Who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' It is the same question. It is a fictional character. If I say that Cliff can beat Bruce Lee, he's an imagined character so he can beat Bruce Lee, "said Tarantino.
"The reality of the situation is that Cliff is a Green Beret. He killed many men in combat in World War II. He is a murderer. What Bruce Lee says is that he loves warriors. He admires combat and boxing is closer to combat as a sport than martial arts tournaments. Cliff is not part of a sport that is like combat, he is a warrior himself. He is a combat person, ”he said.
"If Cliff were fighting Bruce Lee at a martial arts tournament at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Lee would kill him. But if Cliff and Bruce Lee were fighting without weapons in the Philippine jungles in combat, it would be Cliff who was killing him, ”concluded the director.