Pressing pause. Bill Murray‘s upcoming film Being Mortal has halted production after a complaint was made about the actor’s behavior.
DeadlineAccording to a Thursday report, the Searchlight Pictures movie production was stopped due to ongoing investigations. An earlier complaint was filed about the 71 year-old actor being inappropriate on set. This was before the studio decided that it would take legal action. Cast and crew — including director, writer and star Aziz Ansari — were reportedly informed “that production cannot continue at this time” in a letter.
“We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. We hope to restart production. [we]Are you working with Aziz [producer Youree Henley] to figure out that timing,” the note continued, per Variety. “Production will be in touch with you to share details on the wrap, and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share.”
Murray, 39, and Ansari (39), were also the stars of the movie. Seth RogenAnd Keke Palmer. Being MortalThis was inspired by the 2014 surgeon book of the exact same name. Atul GawandeIt was expected that it would premiere in 2023.
According to Deadline, it is unknown whether the suspended production of the Master of None star’s directorial debut will impact its release. However, there were reportedly no complaints about Ansari’s work on the film. (The comedian was previously in trouble during the #MeToo movement, but he denied the accusations at the time.
Murray was the headliner last year. Charlie’s AngelsCostar Lucy LiuThe former was alleged to be Saturday Night Live cast member used “inexcusable and unacceptable” language while filming the 2003 movie.
“As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and I won’t get into the specifics, but it kept going on and on,” the 53-year-old ElementaryDuring a July 2021 episode, the alum said Los Angeles Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast. “I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.’ I couldn’t believe that [the remarks] could be towards me because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time?”
The Emmy nominee recalled standing up for herself on set, adding, “I literally do the look around my shoulder thing, like, ‘Who is he talking to behind me?’ I say, ‘I’m so sorry. Are you talking to me?’ And clearly, he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication.”
Liu claimed, “Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it. So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it. Because no matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.”
Despite all the drama, there is no need to be alarmed. Set it up star asserted that she has “nothing against” the Groundhog Day actor. “I’ve seen him since then at an SNL reunion, and he came up to me and was perfectly nice,” she said. “But I’m not going to sit there and be attacked. … I don’t want to be that person that is not going to speak up for myself and stand by the only thing that I have, which is my dignity and self-respect.”
Murray did not reply to the claims. Murray addressed the long-running rumors years earlier about his behavior during an interview. The Times of London. “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me,” the Translation lostIn 2009, actor said the following: “When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.”