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‘Being Mortal’ Suspends Production After Complaint Against Bill Murray


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Searchlight Pictures has suspended production on ‘Being Mortal’ after a lawsuit was filed against the film’s star Bill Murray.

According to Deadline, the studio decided to suspend the film on Monday after an “inappropriate behavior” complaint was filed against Murray, 71.

The studio confirmed to Fox News Digital that it is currently investigating the matter and does not comment on ongoing investigations.

Bill Murray attends the American Film Institute’s 46th Life Achievement Award Gala honoring George Clooney at the Dolby Theater in June 2018.
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Aziz Ansari, the film’s director, and his producing partner Youree Henley are working closely with the studio to decide on next steps.

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In addition to directing the film, Ansari wrote the screenplay and has a role in the film. Other notable actors include Murray, Seth Rogen and Keke Palmer.

“Being Mortal” is based on Atul Gawande’s book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. The original release date was set for 2023 and it’s unclear at this point if the pause in production will affect the release.

Representatives for Murray did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

‘Being Mortal’ Suspends Production After Complaint Against Bill Murray

Actor Bill Murray has reportedly been accused of ‘inappropriate behavior’ on the set of ‘Being Mortal’.
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This isn’t the first time the ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum has been accused of “inappropriate behavior” on set.

Almost a year ago, Lucy Liu opened up about an unpleasant interaction she had with Murray on the set of the iconic ‘Charlie’s Angels’ in 2000.

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In an episode of the “Asian Enough” podcast, which aired in July 2021, the actress recalled an incident she faced with the former “Saturday Night Live.”

Told him she didn’t want to “go into details”, but mentioned a rehearsal that Murray was not present at because he had to attend a family reunion. When he showed, however, Liu claims he started “throwing insults” that “kept going on and on,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Being Mortal’ Suspends Production After Complaint Against Bill Murray

Lucy Liu recalled an instance of BIlly Murray hurling “insults” during a rehearsal for “Charlie’s Angels.”
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“I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems to be looking me straight in the eye.’ I couldn’t believe it could be against me, because what do I have to do with anything important at this time?” the actress recalled, explaining that she asked if Murray was talking to her directly as the conversation “started to turn into one-on-one communication.”

“It was unfair and unwarranted. Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I wasn’t going to just sit there and take it,” the star said. “So, yeah, I fought back and I don’t regret it.”

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Liu continued, “Because no matter how high on the totem pole you are or where you’re from, there’s no need to patronize or put others down. And I wouldn’t back down, and I don’t. shouldn’t have and neither have I.”

In the years since the confrontation, Liu said crew members told her they were “grateful” that she spoke up.

These days, the ‘Kill Bill’ actress said she has ‘nothing against’ Murray and even saw him at an ‘SNL’ reunion.

‘Being Mortal’ Suspends Production After Complaint Against Bill Murray

Bill Murray holding Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in a publicity portrait for the movie ‘Charlie’s Angels’, 2000.
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“He came up to me and was perfectly nice,” she recalls. “But I’m not going to sit there and be attacked.”

Liu explained that she doesn’t “want to be that person who isn’t going to speak up for me and stand up for the only thing I have, which is my dignity and self-respect at the end of the day.”

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She explained, “Because in the end, we all end up in the same place over time. No one is immortal. But at that point, it doesn’t matter what happens between now and the career choices that I make or the life decisions I make, I will walk away with my dignity.”

Additionally, she recalled feeling it was “incredible” how the story was “turned around” in the press to make it look “difficult”.

“I didn’t understand how it was reversed when I had nothing to do with instigating or creating this platform of confrontation or anxiety,” she said. “So even though it’s been decades, it’s obviously something that I remember very intimately.”


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