Last month came word that actor Mike Moh (“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” “Inhumans”) had scored a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s currently filming 1969 Los Angeles-set ensemble piece “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. At the time it wasn’t clear what role he would play.
Today, The Wrap has confirmed that Moh will be playing none other than iconic martial artist Bruce Lee in the film. As we know the film will in part deal with the murder of a then-pregnant Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and several of her friends, an act carried out by Charlie Manson’s family of killers.
So how is Bruce Lee involved? Tate’s husband Roman Polanski was reportedly training with Bruce Lee that summer. Lee was attempting to break into film and giving lessons on the side to earn quick cash, including training with Tate herself ahead of her role in “The Wrecking Crew”.
One day, Bruce told Polanski that he’d lost his sunglasses. When the murder happened, police discovered a pair of sunglasses at the Tate residence they believed belonged to the as yet unidentified killer (the Mansons were mostly unknown at that point). Polanski then briefly thought Lee had killed his wife and future child, but of course Lee had nothing to do with the heinous crime.
Moh honored Lee in YouTube videos and a tweet last month on the 45th anniversary of Lee’s death.