A lot of people got mad this week about a brief fight between Bruce Lee and Brad Pitt’s character in the new teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once a Time in Hollywood.”
But Matthew Polly, the author of “Bruce Lee: A Life,” isn’t ready to fight anyone for Bruce Lee’s honor. Not yet.
“I find the ‘controversy’ fun,” he told TheWrap. “It’s a trailer. We have no idea what actually will happen between ‘Bruce’ and Brad Pitt or if they are even fighting for real or just acting a scene.”
The criticisms of the trailer footage ranged from the logistical (“So, we’re supposed to believe that Brad Pitt would stand a chance against Bruce Lee in a fight now?”) to the racial (“a white male power fantasy”). People took issue with Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth, disrespecting Lee (Mike Moh.)
The teaser features a scene that seems to take place on the set of “The Green Hornet,” a TV show on which Lee played Kato from 1966-67.
Lee issues a gentle warning to Pitt: “My hands are registered as lethal weapons. We get into a fight, I accidentally kill you, I go to jail.”
Pitt is unimpressed. “Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight they go to jail,” he says. “It’s called manslaughter.”
Violence ensues. Polly found a lot to like.