His fans admire him for his funny, grumpy manner. But many colleagues have not come to terms with Bill Murray’s (71) manner over the past few decades and how he treated them on the set. The actor doesn’t seem to have mellowed with age. Now a Hollywood shoot was canceled in the middle because of him.
The comedian has been in front of the camera since the beginning of March with co-stars Seth Rogen (40) and “Master of None” star Aziz Ansari (39) for the film adaptation of the bestseller “Being Mortal”. Until last week, a written complaint against Murray was received by the heads of the production company Searchlight Pictures. Who this came from – crew or co-star – is not known. But according to the industry bible Variety, the allegations against Murray for “inappropriate behavior” were so serious that filming was halted until further notice. A spokesman for Searchlight Pictures says: “We continue to investigate the incidents and then decide when or whether to continue.”
Bill Murray’s ‘verbal gaffes were unforgivable’
Murray’s list of feuds with co-stars dates back to the ’70s when he almost got in a fight with Chevy Chase, 78, on the set of the comedy show Saturday Night Live. Richard Dreyfuss (74) is said to have been about to leave the set of the comedy “What About Bob” (1991) with Murray because of the poisoned climate.
Lucy Liu (53) revealed in an interview in 2021 that Murray behaved completely improperly on the set of “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000: “Some of his verbal gaffes were inexcusable and unforgivable. I didn’t have anything against Bill Murray, but I didn’t put up with it. I don’t just accept it when I’m attacked.”
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Murray had always left the allegations against him cold. In a 2018 interview, he revealed that a friend told him he had a bad reputation in Hollywood: “He had heard that I was difficult to work with. But I only got this image from people I either didn’t like working with or didn’t know how to work properly!» (cth)