"Or he could apologize"

Variety reports that Bruce Lee‘s daughter Shannon Lee has said Quentin Tarantino “could shut up” about her father’s portrayal.

In July, Lee slammed Tarantino for making a “mockery” of her father in his latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Tarantino defended his film from criticism by saying the Hong Kong martial arts star was “kind of an arrogant guy”.

Speaking to Variety, Lee has now said Tarantino could fix the controversy by shutting up about it.

“He could shut up about it,” she said. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologize or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was.’”

Lee added that Tarantino’s problem is that is caught between fact and fiction

“One of the things that’s troubling in his response is that, on the one hand, he wants to put this forward as fact and, on the other hand, he wants to stay in fiction,” she added.

“[Tarantino] can portray Bruce Lee however he wanted to, and he did,” Shannon Lee said. “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.’”

In related news Mike Moh, who plays the Chinese legend in Tarantino’s film, has said that he did not want the role to perpetuate stereotypes.