- Quentin Tarantino has been promoting the novelization of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
- During a recent interview, the director confirmed that Cliff Booth did not imagine his fight with Bruce Lee.
- Some movie fans thought that because Cliff Booth is an unreliable narrator, his fight with Bruce Lee was a day dream.
Quentin Tarantino has been on a full-blown marketing push recently to promote the release of his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood novel (which I, of course, had to buy), and as a result, has been dishing out all sorts of interesting tidbits about the film along the way.
pumped to check out this Hollywood book from this up-and-coming novelist pic.twitter.com/ixBACuNBtk
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) June 29, 2021
Earlier this week, we brought you the story of Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence apparently reading for the part of Squeaky Fromme, a role that was ultimately played by Dakota Fanning. Now, on a recent episode of The Big Picture podcast, Tarantino dispelled a popular fan theory about Cliff Booth, confirming that Rick Dalton’s stunt man did, in fact, kick Bruce Lee’s ass as it was presented on the screen.
Quentin Tarantino says Cliff Booth *did not* imagine his fight with Bruce Lee and that it happened as it was presented on screen 🤜🍿
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) June 29, 2021
Now, the reason some fans had believed Cliff Booth to be lying — or at the very least, embellishing — about the Bruce Lee story is that he’s already proven to be untrustworthy given what happened with his wife. That, combined with the fact that he’s the one telling the story — and really, who doesn’t add a little imaginary spice to their stories — made people skeptical of Cliff Booths’ trustworthiness. Still, all that said, Cliff Booth never seemed like he had all that much time for bullshit, so there was perhaps no reason to doubt his account of the events in the first place.