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In a recent interview, director Quentin Tarantino told critics of his film’s portrayal of Bruce Lee to “Go suck a d–k,” The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood included a scene in which Brad Pitt’s character beats Bruce Lee in a fight. Fans of Lee felt that Tarantino incorrectly portrayed Lee as arrogant.
Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter, also spoke out against her father’s portrayal in the film.
“He comes across as an arrogant asshole who was full of hot air,” Lee told The Wrap in 2019. “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.”
“It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father,” she added.
Tarantino addressed the criticisms while appearing on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast this past Tuesday. He said he understood why Shannon was upset but did not apologize to anyone else.
“Where I’m coming from is … I can understand his daughter having a problem with it, it’s her f–king father,” Tarantino said, according to the New York Post. “I get that. But anybody else? Go suck a d–k.”
Tarantino also told Rogan that Lee had “had nothing but disrespect for American stuntmen.”
Shannon Lee has so far not responded to Tarantino’s recent comments. The Asian American community however has voiced their frustrations.
Comedian and writer Jenny Yang called Tarantino a “culture leech.”
Yang also pointed out that Lee was American, something Tarantino’s comments about the martial artist’s lack of respect for stuntmen appear to forget.
Others pointed out that Taratino’s choice of words were “interesting.”
Franklin Leonard, a film executive, also reminded those reading Tarantino’s comments that Lee was American.
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