According to rumors, Bill Murray has been accused of ‘inappropriate behavior’ and his newest film has been canceled.
The complaint was made against the 71-year-old actor last week, according to reports, before Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogan’s Being Mortal was briefly halted.
The claims were not immediately clear, but Searchlight Pictures said it had initiated an investigation.
Murray has been accused of misbehaving on set before, having supposedly been involved in a savage brawl with his Charlie’s Angels co-star Lucy Liu.
He is believed to have scolded the actress after she approached him about the 2001 blockbuster’s script.
After the allegations against Murray surfaced on Monday, Searchlight temporarily halted production, but today said that it will continue indefinitely pending an inquiry.
A letter to the cast and crew, seen by Deadline, said: ‘We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update.’
We were notified of a complaint late last week, and we investigated it right away.’
Following a study of the situation, it was deemed that production could not continue at this time.’
The statement added: ‘We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project.’
‘We hope to restart production as soon as possible, and we’re working with Aziz and Youree to figure out when that will be.’
Being Mortal is based on surgeon Atul Gawande’s 2014 book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
The film, written by Aziz Ansari, was supposed to be released in 2023, but it’s unclear how the delay will affect that.
Last year, Liu accused Murray of using ‘inexcusable’ words against her on the set of Charlie’s Angels, which landed him in hot water.
Murray began to ‘sort of hurl insults’ when they were filming a scene, according to the actress, though she did not clarify what he said.
She went on to say that the remarks kept coming and she realized they were all intended at her.
‘I couldn’t believe that (the comments) could be directed at me, because what did I have to do with anything extremely important at the time?’ she told the LA Times.
Who is he talking to behind me? I genuinely perform the look around my shoulder thing. ‘I’m really sorry,’ I say. ‘Are you conversing with me?’ And it was evident that he was, since it then became a one-on-one conversation.’ I wasn’t going to sit there and take it because some of the language was outrageous and inappropriate. So, sure, I advocated for myself, and I have no regrets.’
Murray addressed the feud in a 2009 interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he put it in a new light.
He said: ‘Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…
When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.’
In the same interview, he claimed that Charlie’s Angels director McG cooked up a tale about him headbutting him on set.
‘That’s nonsense!’ he exclaimed. That’s utter nonsense! ‘I’m not sure why he made that up.’ He has a very active imagination… No! He deserves to die! He should be pierced with a lance, not head-butted.’
Jennifer Butler Murray, Murray’s ex-wife, filed for divorce in 2008, claiming he punched her in the face and accusing him of ‘adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol.’
Meanwhile, Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct in 2019 for an incident that occurred in 2018.
At the end of a date, a lady said he ignored her verbal and nonverbal signs that she did not want to be physical with him.
He said: ‘I’m sure some of you are curious how I feel about that whole situation. And it’s a tricky thing for me to answer ’cause I felt so many things in the last year or so.’ There’s times I felt scared. There’s times I felt humiliated. There’s times I felt embarrassed.’ And ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way. And after a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward.’
He went on to say: ‘It moved things forward for me and made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person. And I always think about a conversation I had with one of my friends where he was like, ”You know what, man? That whole thing made me think about every date I’ve ever been on”.’ And I thought, ”Wow. Well, that’s pretty incredible. It’s made not just me, but other people be more thoughtful, and that’s a good thing”.’
He added: ‘And that’s how I feel about it…and I know this isn’t the most hilarious way to begin a comedy show.’
‘But it’s important to me that you know how I feel about that whole thing before we share this night together.’