Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has slammed Quentin Tarantino for her father’s portrayal in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" saying it was “disheartening” to see the filmmaker depict her father as “an arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air.” In an interview with The Wrap, she said the movie paints Lee, played by Mike Moh, as an "arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air", which she adds was no different from the way "white Hollywood" treated him when he was alive.
"He comes across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air. And not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others," she said.
Shannon, 50, said it was very "uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh” at her father.
"I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie. I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen... and they're portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion.?
"I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a** who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.?
She said in reality her father was often challenged but he never took them seriously.
"Here, he's the one with all the puffery and he's the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was," she added.
While praising Moh’s portrayal of Lee, Shannon criticised Tarantino's decision to direct him as a "caricature".
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” – starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie raked in $41 million at its opening weekend garnering 86% at Rotten Tomatoes score.