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Quentin Tarantino responds to OUATIH criticism of his Bruce Lee portrayal: ‘go suck a d**k’

Director Quentin Tarantino is responding to criticism of his portrayal of Bruce Lee in his 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, telling anyone who has a problem with it to, ‘go suck a d**k.’  

The 58-year-old filmmaker was promoting his first work of fiction, a novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, that debuted earlier this week, in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience

While the film was beloved by fans and critics alike, many took exception with his portrayal of Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh, though the director said that he understood why Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee was upset.

Response: Director Quentin Tarantino is responding to criticism of his portrayal of Bruce Lee in his 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, telling anyone who has a problem with it to, ‘go suck a d**k’

Mike as Bruce: While the film was beloved by fans and critics alike, many took exception with his portrayal of Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh, though the director said that he understood why Lee's daughter Shannon Lee was upset

Mike as Bruce: While the film was beloved by fans and critics alike, many took exception with his portrayal of Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh, though the director said that he understood why Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee was upset

The scene in question took place on the set of Lee’s TV show The Green Hornet, where Brad Pitt’s character, a fictional stuntman named Cliff Booth, beats up the martial arts expert on the set.

Those who blasted the scene called Moh’s portrayal a racist caricature of the beloved martial artist, while Shannon blasted Tarantino for making her father out to be an, ‘arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air.’

Tarantino pushed back on her comments, saying Lee was, ‘kind of an arrogant guy. The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up.’

On set: The scene in question took place on the set of Lee's TV show The Green Hornet, where Brad Pitt's character, a fictional stuntman named Cliff Booth, beats up the martial arts expert on the set

On set: The scene in question took place on the set of Lee’s TV show The Green Hornet, where Brad Pitt’s character, a fictional stuntman named Cliff Booth, beats up the martial arts expert on the set

Daughter: Those who blasted the scene called Moh's portrayal a racist caricature of the beloved martial artist, while Shannon blasted Tarantino for making her father out to be an, 'arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air'

Daughter: Those who blasted the scene called Moh’s portrayal a racist caricature of the beloved martial artist, while Shannon blasted Tarantino for making her father out to be an, ‘arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air’

Still, when Rogan commented that many though Tarantino, ‘turned Bruce Lee into an a**hole,’ the director said he was ‘hesitant’ to talk about it because he didn’t want his comments to be ‘the only thing’ people were talking about regarding the interview.

‘Where I’m coming from is… I can understand his daughter having a problem with it. It’s her f***ing father, all right, I get that. But anybody else, go suck a d**k,’ Tarantino said flippantly, as Rogan started laughing.

Aside from Moh’s portrayal of Lee himself, others questioned whether or not a stuntman, even one as experienced and well-trained as Booth, could actually beat up a martial arts legend like Lee, which Tarantino also had an answer for.

Understand: 'Where I'm coming from is... I can understand his daughter having a problem with it. It's her f***ing father, all right, I get that. But anybody else, go suck a d**k,' Tarantino said flippantly, as Rogan started laughing

Understand: ‘Where I’m coming from is… I can understand his daughter having a problem with it. It’s her f***ing father, all right, I get that. But anybody else, go suck a d**k,’ Tarantino said flippantly, as Rogan started laughing

Explain: Aside from Moh's portrayal of Lee himself, others questioned whether or not a stuntman, even one as experienced and well-trained as Booth, could actually beat up a martial arts legend like Lee, which Tarantino also had an answer for

Explain: Aside from Moh’s portrayal of Lee himself, others questioned whether or not a stuntman, even one as experienced and well-trained as Booth, could actually beat up a martial arts legend like Lee, which Tarantino also had an answer for

‘The thing about it is though, even if you just look at it, it’s obvious that Cliff tricked him. That’s how Cliff was able to do it. He tricked him,’ Tarantino said.

He added that how Cliff actually tricked Lee is, ‘explained more in the book,’ adding they do, ‘a two falls out of three contest.’

The director said that Cliff, ‘loves s**t like that,’ and that his ‘method’ to winning is, ‘to give the guy the first fall.’

Tricked: He added that how Cliff actually tricked Lee is, 'explained more in the book,' adding they do, 'a two falls out of three contest'

Tricked: He added that how Cliff actually tricked Lee is, ‘explained more in the book,’ adding they do, ‘a two falls out of three contest’

Tarantino added that, ‘Bruce knew he got tricked, and if Cliff hadn’t been so vicious about it, he might have appreciated it.’

Despite the criticism, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was Tarantino’s highest-grossing film to date, earning $374.5 million worldwide.

It also earned two Oscars, one for Brad Pitt’s supporting performance as Cliff Booth and another for production design. 

Appreciated: Tarantino added that, 'Bruce knew he got tricked, and if Cliff hadn't been so vicious about it, he might have appreciated it'

Appreciated: Tarantino added that, ‘Bruce knew he got tricked, and if Cliff hadn’t been so vicious about it, he might have appreciated it’


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