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Bruce Lee's Daughter on Tarantino: 'He Could Shut Up'

She responds to filmmaker's statement on her criticism of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee, poses for photographers during a press conference launching instant drinks in her father's name in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

(Newser) – The feud between Bruce Lee's daughter and Quentin Tarantino continues. Shannon Lee last month called out the filmmaker for the way her father is portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Tarantino responded this month at a press junket when asked about her criticism that Tarantino had incorrectly depicted him as "an arrogant asshole who was full of hot air." His take on her accusations, per Variety:

  • "Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy. The way he was talking, I didn't just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that, to that effect. If people are saying, 'Well, he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali.' Well, yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that."
  • He also defended his decision to have Brad Pitt's character, stuntman Cliff Booth, take on the character of Lee. "Could Cliff beat up Bruce Lee? Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could. If you ask me the question, 'Who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' It's the same question. It's a fictional character. If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character, so he could beat Bruce Lee up."
Read on for Shannon Lee's response.

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