Please watch this interview from The Pierre Berton Show! It was recorded in 1971, lost for several years, and eventually rediscovered and aired in 1994 as ‘The Lost Interview’. I will not interpret or mediate for Bruce Lee, as I feel that his personality and ethos are quite palpable in his speech. I will only say that, for me, this interview reveals Quentin Tarantino’s take on Bruce Lee in his utterly reactionary film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as being misinformed or capricious at best and racist at its worst!
Incredibly, this film has been chosen by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year, it won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards and that it is up for Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards as well as the British Academy Film Awards. I have to say that such wide ranging accolades for this film and this director, must reflect the underlying ignorance, indifference and ethnocentricity … racism even, of the industry as a whole.