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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Why the Brad Pitt and Bruce Lee Fight Is Confusing Moviegoers

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Why the Brad Pitt and Bruce Lee Fight Is Confusing Moviegoers

[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”]

Of all the reimagined bits of history that round out Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” there’s one sequence that continues to divide moviegoers. The scene — a wild, on-set, hand-to-hand battle between Brad Pitt’s stuntman Cliff Booth and Mike Moh as the legendary Bruce Lee — involves plenty of elements worth unpacking, including the use of a historical figure. But some audiences are struggling to understand where it fits in the film’s narrative.

The Bruce Lee/Cliff Booth fight has become one of the film’s biggest points of controversy since “Hollywood” hit theaters late last month. Both Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and protégé Dan Inosanto have spoken out against Tarantino for his portrayal of the martial arts and acting legend in the scene.

Actor Mike Moh, who plays Lee in the film, recently admitted that he was conflicted at first about taking on the part as written,

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