Quentin Tarantino blasts critics of his Bruce Lee scene in ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’: ‘Suck a d–k’

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Quentin Tarantino. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty
  • Quentin Tarantino says critics of the Bruce Lee scene can “suck a d–k.”
  • “Bruce had no respect for American stuntmen,” he told Joe Rogan on his show.
  • Lee’s daughter spoke out against Lee’s portrayal when the movie came out in 2019.
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Quentin Tarantino is speaking out about the scene in his latest movie, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” that upset Bruce Lee fans and Lee’s own daughter.

In the movie, set in late 1960s Hollywood around the time of the Sharon Tate murder by the Manson family, we watch one of the main characters, fictional stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), have an all-out fight with Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) on the set of “The Green Hornet” after the real-life action star boasts to the crew before shooting that if he ever fought Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) he would “make him a cripple.”

The result is Booth throwing Lee into the side of a car.

Lee’s daughter, Shannon, spoke out publicly about her father’s portrayal after the movie was released in 2019, saying that Tarantino “could apologize or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like.'”

However, the acclaimed director has recently doubled down on his previous comments that Lee was “kind of an arrogant guy.”

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Mike Moh as Bruce Lee in ‘Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood.’ Sony Pictures

“Where I am coming from is I can understand his daughter having a problem with it. It’s her f—ing father. I get that,” Tarantino said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” while promoting his recently released “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” novel. “But anybody else, oh suck a d–k!”Tarantino went into greater detail on Rogan’s show about why he portrayed Lee negatively in his movie.

“The stuntmen hated Bruce on ‘Green Hornet,'” the director said. “It’s in Matthew Polly’s book [‘Bruce Lee: A Life’] and it’s always been known.”

Tarantino noted that’s why famed American stuntman Gene LeBell was brought in to work with Lee, “to teach Bruce respect for American stuntmen,” Tarantino told Rogan.

“Bruce had no respect for American stuntmen, he was always hitting them with his feet,” Tarantino continued. “It’s called tagging when you hit a stuntman for real. He was always tagging them with his feet and his fist and it got to the point where they would refuse to work with Bruce.”

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Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth in ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.’ Sony

In the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” novel, the backstory of Pitt’s Booth character is examined more, and it’s revealed that along with having killed his wife (which is hinted at in the movie), Booth also killed other people while serving in the military.Tarantino told Rogan, because of that, Lee wouldn’t have a chance against Booth.

“If Cliff fought Bruce Lee at a Madison Square Garden martial arts tournament, he would not stand a chance,” Tarantino said. “But as a killer who has killed men before in a jungle, he would kill Bruce Lee. He’d f—ing kill him! Bruce Lee is not a killer. He’s actually facing a guy who could kill him, it’s a different story. It’s in the book, when Bruce realizes Cliff is taking a military combat stance, he realizes Cliff is a killer.”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including for Tarantino’s directing and screenplay. Pitt won for best supporting actor.