Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Criticizes Bruce Lee's Depiction in Tarantino Film

Aug 17, 2019 11:32

I thought you would like to read the article that I wrote for @THR about Quentin Tarantino’s film: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood regarding the films portrayal of Bruce Leehttps://t.co/DDMnR7wdIL
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) August 16, 2019

** feels "torn" about controversy because he is a fan of Tarantino movies. But Lee was his friend and teacher.

** makes the point that though we know scenes are fiction, they live on in the cultural conscience and corrupt our memory

** "[F]ilmmakers have a responsibility when playing with people’s perceptions of admired historic people to maintain a basic truth about the content of their character. Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does not live up to this standard. Of course, Tarantino has the artistic right to portray Bruce any way he wants. But to do so in such a sloppy and somewhat racist way is a failure both as an artist and as a human being."

Sort of a follow up to this post as well as this post.

Lee and Abdul-Jabbar in 1979's Game of Death

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