Tarantino Explains Depiction of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bruce Lee

In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, director Quentin Tarantino again addressed his controversial depiction of Bruce Lee in the movie "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" while confirming what many had suspected, that Lee's fight with fictional stuntman Cliff Booth was based in part on a real life incident between Lee and stuntman "Judo" Gene LeBell.

Citing Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee biography, Tarantino said Lee had a reputation for abusing stuntmen on the set of the Green Hornet TV show and LeBell, a Black Belt hall of fame member and legendary grappling expert, was brought in to straighten him out. In the movie version, Booth tosses an arrogant Lee into a car smashing the door in. Tarantino said he understands how Lee's daughter might be unhappy with the negative depiction of her father but was dismissive of anyone else who had a problem with the portrayal of the late martial artist.

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