Tarantino pulls no punches, and claims the identical was true of Bruce Lee. The auteur was on The Joe Rogan Expertise to advertise his newest venture, a 400 web page novelization of As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood, and discuss shortly turned to Tarantino’s controversial tackle the martial artist.
“The place I’m coming from is I can perceive his daughter having an issue with it. It’s her f—ing father. I get that,” Tarantino stated, per IndieWire. “However anyone else, go suck a dick.”
Shannon Lee launched a press release within the wake of of As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood’s premiere, stating her displeasure with the characterization of her father. When Tarantino doubled down on the accuracy of his portrayal, Lee advised Selection, “He may shut up about it. That will be very nice. Or he may apologize or he may say, ‘I don’t actually know what Bruce Lee was like. I simply wrote it for my film. However that shouldn’t be taken as how he actually was.’”
Whereas Tarantino may sympathize with Shannon Lee’s response, he has little interest in taking her recommendation about shutting up about it, telling Joe Rogan, “Bruce had no respect for American stuntmen, he was all the time hitting them together with his toes. It’s referred to as tagging while you hit a stuntman for actual. He was all the time tagging them together with his toes and his fist and it received to the purpose the place they’d refuse to work with Bruce. He had nothing however disrespect for American stuntmen. It was in all probability similar to, ‘Oh they’re simply not adequate. They’re pussies. I need to make it look actual!’ However stuntmen don’t like that. That’s unprofessional.”
Tarantino then cited legendary stuntman Gene LeBell because the inspiration for character Cliff Sales space, and the well-known story about LaBell being requested to show Lee a lesson on the set of The Inexperienced Hornet.
Nonetheless, Tarantino mischaracterizes two vital features of this story. By incessantly repeating the phrase “all the time” and stating Lee had “nothing however disrespect for American stuntmen” the director makes it sound as if this was Lee’s lifelong stance and everlasting means of being.
Actually, the position of Kato was Lee’s first huge break within the US after beforehand performing in Hong Kong. Lee was inexperienced, desirous to show himself, and whereas he was “tagging” the opposite performers, it was not lengthy earlier than LaBell was introduced on to repair the scenario.
After LaBell humbled Lee—by merely choosing him up and carrying him round—Lee shortly received over himself and needed to grasp how he had been so simply defeated. Lee turned a pupil of LaBell’s, and briefly order turned an distinctive stuntman himself.
Lee’s need to be taught, change, adapt, and succeed made him a real trailblazer in American cinema, a lot as Tarantino has been. Maybe if Lee had lived lengthy sufficient he additionally would have finally settled into stagnation.