Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has been busy promoting his latest movie offering “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” out in the Philippines on Aug. 28.
The comedy-drama starring Leonardo DiCarpio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie revisits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
At a press conference in Moscow recently, Tarantino talked about the criticisms the film has been receiving particularly from Shannon Lee, alleging that it depicted in a wildly out of character way how his father, Bruce Lee, behaved in real life.
Based on the trailer released online, the late Hong Kong-American actor and martial artist is portrayed by Mike Moh in a flashback scene. Many believe Lee’s depiction “comes off as an arrogant windbag desperate to pick fight,” as described in an article on VanityFair.com.
Tarantino addressed the issue as seen on a video uploaded by Variety on YouTube.
He explained: “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 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.
“What Bruce Lee is talking about in the whole thing is that he admires warriors. He admires combat, and boxing is a closer approximation of combat as a sport. Cliff is not part of the sport that is like combat, he is a warrior. He is a combat person. If Cliff were fighting Bruce Lee in a martial arts tournament in Madison Square Garden, Bruce would kill him.
“But if Cliff and Bruce were fighting in the jungles of the Philippines in a hand-to-hand combat fight, Cliff would kill him.”
Tarantino, the man behind the movies “Pulp Fiction, “Jackie Brown,” and “Kill Bill,” to name a few, visited the Philippines back in 2007 to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival that year.