Bill Murray admitted on Saturday that his behavior on set led to a complaint from a woman and the suspension of filming on his latest film.
The actor and comedian, in his first comments about the ‘Being Mortal’ shutdown, described the incident as a “difference of opinion” but declined to provide details on what happened or the people involved.
“I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way,” he told CNBC during an interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting. “The movie studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check everything, investigate, and so they stopped production.”
Murray said he and the unnamed woman were talking about it and “trying to make peace with each other.” He did not say when or if production would resume and if he would continue to be involved with the film.
“We’re both professionals,” Murray said of the woman. “We love each other’s work. I think we like each other and if you can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going any further by working together or making a movie as well.
The 71-year-old ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Caddyshack’ comedian suggested the changing nature of what is considered appropriate humor was a factor.
“It was quite an education for me,” he said. “The world is different from what it was when I was little. What I always found funny when I was little is not necessarily the same as what is funny now. Things change and times change, so it’s important for me to understand.
Murray added: “I think he’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be this sad dog and I have no intention of being.
Searchlight Pictures has confirmed production has been put on hold but has so far declined to give details, citing the ongoing investigation. Entertainment website Deadline reports that the lawsuit against Murray was filed earlier this month and production was halted last week.
“Being Mortal” stars Murray, Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer and Aziz Ansari, who writes, directs and produces the film.
Production began in Los Angeles in March, and the film was set to hit theaters next year. The film is based on surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande’s 2014 non-fiction book on end-of-life care, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”