Shannon Lee hits back at Quentin Tarantino: “Shut up”

The Bruce Lee controversy saga continues. Now, the legendary martial artist’s daughter Shannon Lee isn’t holding anything back in putting director Quentin Tarantino in his place.

Speaking to Variety, Shannon has responded to how Quentin defended his “caricature-like” portrayal of her father in the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

When the entertainment news outlet asked about how Quentin can make amends regarding the issue, Shannon’s straightforward answer was: “He could shut up about it.” She then adds that keeping Quentin’s mouth shut about her father “would be really nice.”

As for other ways the acclaimed director can rectify the controversy, Shannon says he can admit to not really knowing who Bruce Lee truly was. “I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was,’” Shannon suggests as an ideal dialogue for Quentin.

“One of the things that’s troubling in his response is that, on the one hand, he wants to put this forward as fact and, on the other hand, he wants to stay in fiction,” she added. Quentin admitted his depiction of Bruce Lee was somewhat of a parody but he then claimed that Lee was, indeed, arrogant. The director cited Lee’s wife as writing in her memoir that the martial artist can beat Mohammad Ali in a fight.

The Vulture reports that the remarks Tarantino cited from Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew were not written by author Linda Lee Cadwell herself. It was actually a quote from a critic that wrote: “Those who watched [Bruce] Lee would bet on Lee to render Cassius Clay senseless.”

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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