Bruce Lee's daughter says Quentin Tarantino should "shut up" or "apologize" after defending his portrayal of martial arts legend in his new movie.
The remarks of Lee's daughter Shannon are the most recent in a dispute over the portrayal of her father by the acclaimed director in his latest movie Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood.
In the black comedy, which appeared on Wednesday in the cinema, Lee is portrayed as arrogant to the annoyance of his family and friends.
Tarantino has defended the depiction of the Asian-American actor played in the film by Mike Moh.
But Lee's daughter said to Variety, "He could shut up, that would be really nice, or he could apologize or say," I do not really know how Bruce Lee was, I just wrote it for my movie. But that should not be understood as it really was. "
In one scene, a cocky Lee gets into a three-way fight with Brad Pitts character, a stunt man named Cliff Booth, after the two have mutilated each other.
Lee is seen to win the first round, but is beaten into a vehicle in the second. The third never manages to get going.
Tarantino has stood for presentation.
"Bruce Lee was an arrogant guy," said the acclaimed filmmaker earlier this month at a press conference in Moscow.
"Not only did I make a lot of it, I heard him say something like that.
"People say," Well, he never said he could beat Muhammad Ali. "Um, yes, he did. He not only said that, his wife, Linda Lee, said that ,
"In the first biography I've ever read, Linda Lee's Bruce Lee was: The man I knew, and she said it absolutely."
Speaking to The Wrap last month, Ms. Lee said it was "daunting" to portray her father on screen as "arrogant, a scoundrel with hot air."
She added, "What I'm interested in is raising awareness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he led his life.
"All this was flushed to the toilet in this presentation and turned my father into this arrogant punching bag."
She is not the only person who campaigns for the martial arts legend.
His protégé and training partner Dan Inosanto said the actor "was never overconfident in my opinion".
Speaking to Variety about the alleged comments on Muhammad Ali, Mr. Inosanto said, "Bruce Lee never said anything derogatory about Muhammad Ali because he worshiped the ground where Muhammad Ali went."
He added, "In fact, he was more concerned with boxing than martial arts."