Bruce Lee’s Daughter Criticizes Her Father’s Portrayal in ‘Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood’

Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, has spoken out against Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and it’s depiction of her father.

In comments made to The Wrap, Lee criticized Tarantino for his portrayal of her father and stated that the film depicted Bruce Lee as an “arrogant asshole” and simply used him as a punching bag.


Played by Inhumans actor Mike Moh, one of Lee’s largest scene in the film is one that finds him facing off against Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth on the set of The Green Hornet. In this scene, Booth irritates Lee and this leads to Lee challenging Booth to a best of three series to see who’s the superior fighter. The first match results in Lee easily besting Booth, the second ends with Booth throwing Lee into a car, and the third is interrupted by a stagehand before it’s ever finished.

Shannon Lee told The Wrap that “it was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father.” Shannon said that she believed Tarantino “directed (Moh) to be a caricature” of her father.

“He comes across as an arrogant asshole who was full of hot air,” Shannon said. “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…Here, he’s the one with all the puffery and he’s the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was.”

Prior to the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Shannon Lee made headlines when she criticized Tarantino for not reaching out to her about using her father in the film. It’s been reported that Tarantino met with Sharon Tate’s sister to discuss using the late actress in the film but did not do the same with Shannon.

“With Tarantino’s film, to not have been included in any kind of way, when I know that he reached out to other people but did not reach out to me, there’s a level of annoyance,” Shannon told Deadline. “There’s part of me that says this is not worth my time and my energy. Let’s just see how the universe deals with this one.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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