For instance, there's been debate about Bruce Lee's depiction in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Lee's daughter saying that her father came off as an "arrogant asshole" in the movie, and Lee's protégé Dan Inosanto saying taking issue with derogatory comments Mike Moh's Lee made about Muhammad Ali.
The sequence follows one of the film's protagonist, stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who arrives at the Spahn Ranch and is greeted by members of the Manson Family cult. Brad [Pitt] wouldn't be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could.
Polly, author of Bruce Lee: A Life, told USA Today that the action hero was "often a cocky, strutting braggart, but Tarantino took those traits and exaggerated them to the point of caricature".
During a recent Moscow press conference for his new film, Tarantino broke his silence to defend his creation from all the controversy, justifying it by stating that, "Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy." .
More Kill Bill: "Me and Uma have talked about [a third Kill Bill] recently, ' he said on the podcast". "People say, 'he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali.' Yes, he did". Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read ... "She absolutely said that". If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character, then he could beat Bruce Lee up. If you ask me the question, OK, who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?
The famed director went on to explain that Cliif could beat up Bruce Lee because Cliff was, well, a fictional character.
Lee's fans are also upset over scenes in Once Upon A Time where the icon can not hold his own against Pitt's character. The reality of the situation is this: Cliff is a Green Beret. Bruce challenges Cliff to a three round fight, easily winning the first round by kicking Cliff to the floor within seconds.
Tarantino punched back, saying: "Could Cliff beat up Bruce Lee?".
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is just a day away from release and excitement around Quentin Tarantino's next big film has been palpable.
Despite this blowback, however, Quentin Tarantino is standing by his portrayal of Bruce Lee. Cliff is not part of the sport that is like combat, he is a warrior.
Bruce Lee is pretty much deified inside the martial arts world. "He is a combat person", Tarantino said.
"If Cliff were fighting Bruce Lee in a martial arts tournament in Madison Square Garden, Bruce would kill him". For a man who prided himself on being one of the best martial artists to ever live, appearing to be bested by another in a fight that never even happened might rub those close to him the wrong way.
Again, I'm not sure this is going to change anyone's mind about the scene at this point, but I encourage you to read our own Hoai-Tran Bui's thoughts about it, and listen to the /Film Daily spoiler conversation about the film for more on our complicated feelings about this scene.
Quentin Tarantino's self-imposed rule to only direct 10 feature films has quickly become the stuff of Hollywood legend.