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An interesting theory about Bruce Lee in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” will drop later on this year in July. According to, the plot is “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing.

The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film, portrayed by Robbie) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.” Seems cool but one of the cooler aspects is that Bruce Lee will be in the movie.

The trailer just dropped, so take a look and check out Mike Noh do a dead accurate Bruce Lee impression.

Once news broke that Quentin Tarantino was making a movie featuring Sharon Tate and Charles Mansion, many guessed that “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” would take the “Inglorious Basterds” route and subvert history. The rumor was that Sharon Tate would survive the Manson murders and exact revenge on Charles Manson.

In real life, Sharon Tate was friends with Bruce Lee. He was first introduced to her when he was brought on the set of “The Wrecking Crew” to teach the actress martial arts for her role. She introduced him to her future husband Roman Polanski who took a liking to him. Soon, Bruce took Polanski as a student and taught him martial arts.

When Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family, Polanski suspected Lee of murdering Tate. Investigators told Polanski that they found a pair of glasses at the murder scene. The day after the murder, Polanski visited Bruce Lee and Lee mentioned that he was missing his glasses. This caused Polanski to believe Bruce Lee killed his wife and the four other murder victims. It seemed fitting to Polanski because Bruce Lee was an expert in guns and martial arts.

So in this revision of history by Tarantino, how does Bruce Lee fit into the picture? Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted out his theory that Bruce Lee prevents the Manson murders.

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This is definitely possible, but this got me thinking that Bruce Lee might actually play a bigger role than I originally thought. What if “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is “Inglourious Basterds” + “Kill Bill?” What if Bruce Lee trains Sharon Tate to be a martial arts badass after she escapes the murders so that she can exact her revenge on Charles Manson. If Sharon Tate is Beatrix Kiddo, Bruce Lee is Pai Mei.

At any rate, since Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors, I’m really looking forward to this movie. It’s my most anticipated movie this year beating out “Avengers: End Game.”

“Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” comes out on July 26, 2019. I’ll see you in the line.

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