"That's what makes the Bruce Lee scenes so disappointing, not so much on a factual basis, but as a lapse of cultural awareness", Abdul-Jabbar wrote, citing Tarantino's skill in distilling action movies from the 1960s and '70s.
'Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy, ' the 56-year-old Oscar victor said. I doubt we'll hear more from Tarantino on this issue any time soon, but it'd be very interesting to hear how he would respond to that comment. "If people are saying, 'Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali.' Well, yeah, he did", he said.
"In the first biography I ever read was Linda Lee's Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, and she absolutely said it".
Her statement was in response to the comments made by Tarantino at a press conference in Moscow where he finally addressed the controversy.
"'But that shouldn't be taken as how he really was'". "That would be really nice". Kareem Abdul-Jabbar specifically calls out this idea in his piece as well, claiming that he witnessed similar events happen with Bruce Lee in real life, and the actor never wanted to fight. The way he was talking, I didn't just make a lot of that up. "It strayed so far from the truth of who he was and of any actual encounter he had.It was awful to watch".
Shannon Lee said she was concerned that viewers could mistake her father's confidence for cockiness.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, and Al Pacino.
"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" features a scene where Brad Pitt's character Cliff Booth beats Lee in a one-on-one fight. Booth is knocked down in the first round but then slams Lee into a auto in the second. But revolving in her circle are also her husband, Roman Polanski, and friends Steve McQueen, Connie Stevens and most controversially, Bruce Lee. 'If you ask me the question, "Well who would win in a fight, Bruce Lee or Dracula?"
'Its a fictional character.
"Quentin Tarantino's portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does not live up to this standard".
'But it's a little disingenuous for him to say, "Well this is how he was, but this is a fictional movie, so don't worry too much about it"'. She added that Tarantino's response was troubling because while he appears to want to base Lee's portrayal as fact, he also "wants to stay in fiction".