Bruce Lee is a person that needs no introduction, with him being one of the most respected figure in both action movies and martial arts. That being said, Donnie Yen was let down by how “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” chose to portray the martial art legend.
The film showed Lee as an arrogant braggart, who challenged Brad Pitt’s character to a fight in the film and was eventually beaten up. The scene didn’t sit well with many fans, as the “Fist Of Fury” star’s daughter has even questioned director Quentin Tarantino’s, decision in the film.
Yen was in KL recently promoting the latest instalment of the “Ip Man” series, when the question of the portrayal was brought up. The 56-year-old was honest in his disappointment at the rolee, despite knowing director Tarantino. He told reporters, “I know Tarantino personally, but I’m very disappointed with how he portrayed Bruce Lee in the movie. I watched most of the movie, but after that scene, I couldn’t continue on.”
The “Rogue One” actor then went on to explain that the “Enter The Dragon” star was not only an action star and martial artist, but was also an inspiration to filmmakers around the globe. “As filmmakers, I feel we should be more respectful towards someone like Lee, who has contributed so much to our industry,” he was quoted as saying.
When the conversation turns to Hong Kong actor Danny Chan, who will play the Bruce Lee in “Ip Man 4: The Finale”, the Guangzhou native was full of praises. “Danny doesn’t just look like Bruce Lee, he has also researched and practiced Lee’s moves and fighting style intensively,” Yen said.
“Ip Man 4: The Finale” will premiere in cinema on 20th December 2019, and is directed by Wilson Yip, who also directed the previous 3 “Ip Man” film. The film will also feature British actor Scott Adkins, Vanness Wu and Wu Yue.
Source: The Star.