Bill Murray is in professional purgatory.
Filming on the 71-year-old SNL legend’s upcoming movie, Being Mortal, has been suspended after a complaint was reportedly filed specifically against the actor for “inappropriate conduct.”
The bomb dropped last week and production was temporarily halted on Monday, sources say meeting. However, on Thursday the film was indefinitely shelved pending an investigation into the “Ghostbusters” star’s actions on set.
“After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot proceed at this time,” said Searchlight Pictures wrote in a letter to the cast and crew. “We are really grateful to you all for everything you put into this project.”
Being Mortal, written by , began filming last month controversial comedian Aziz Ansari, who also directs and stars in the film alongside Seth Rogen. Ansari and Rogen are reportedly not involved in the investigation.
The Post has reached out to representatives from Murray, Ansari and Rogen for comment.
Murray is one of America’s most beloved actors, but the Groundhog Day star has one long history of making enemies on the sets of his TV and film projects.
In 2000, Murray famously fell out with co-star Lucy Liu while filming Charlie’s Angels, with Liu claiming Murray did it “inexcusable and unacceptable” comments to her on set.
So did Charlie’s Angels co-star Drew Barrymore addressed the incident last year, saying, “What really happened was Bill just got into a — you know, comedians can be a little dark sometimes — and he just walked in in a bad mood.”
Meanwhile, Charlie’s Angels director McG also claimed Murray headbutted him on the set of the action film.
“Square in the head”, McG said the guard in May 2009. “An inch later, my nose would have been obliterated.”
Murray vehemently denied the claim.
“Those are cops – t! That’s complete crap!” he replied in an interview with the Times of London in October 2009. “I don’t know why he made that story up. He has a very active imagination.”
Elsewhere, Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss described Murray as a “drunk bully” who allegedly threw an ashtray in his face while they were working together on the 1991 film What About Bob?
“He put his face next to me, nose to nose, and he screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Everybody hates you! You will be tolerated!’” Dreyfuss recalled the incident in a Yahoo! Interview in June 2019.
“There wasn’t time to react because he sat back and picked up a modern glass-blown ashtray,” he continued. “He threw it in my face [only a couple feet away]. And it weighed about three quarters of a pound. And he missed me. He tried to hit me. I got up and left.”
Meanwhile, the film’s writer-producer Laura Ziskin told the Los Angeles Times in 2003 that Murray made threatening comments towards her.
Ziskin once said a difference of opinion between them resulted in Murray throwing her in a lake, though she called it “playful.”
“Bill … threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot,” she told the publication.
In 1978, on the set of “Saturday Night Live,” Murray got into an infamous physical altercation with comedian Chevy Chase.
According to the book “Live from New York: An Uncensored Story from Saturday Night Live‘ it began with the two exchanging insults. Murray told Chase to have sex with Jacqueline Carlin, Chase’s then-wife, while Chase childishly retorted that Murray’s face “looked like something Neil Armstrong landed on.”
It quickly escalated into a physical riot witnessed by cast members Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner.
Newman described the fight as “very sad and painful and terrible”. Appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in June 2021.
Murray was also reported to have had a physical altercation with longtime friend and director Harold Ramis on the set of 1993’s Groundhog Day. Ramis allegedly grabbed Murray’s shirt collar and threw him against a wall during a heated creative argument.
Ramis’ daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel, revealed in her 2018 book: “Ghostbusters Daughter: Living With My Dad, Harold Ramis‘ that Murray wouldn’t speak to his old pal for over 20 years. She said her father was “trying not to take it personally,” but he felt “heartbroken, confused, yet not surprised by the rejection.”
Just before Ramis died in February 2014, Murray managed to reconcile with the actor.
Meanwhile, Murray reportedly left screen legend Anjelica Huston “hurt” when he didn’t invite her to a dinner party while filming The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
“I was there the first week [filming in Italy]we were all at this little hotel and he invited the entire cast to dinner except me,” Huston said said Vulture in May 2019.
“I was really hurt,” she continued. “And then I think we met again in Florence, because this film was being shot all over Italy, and we shot a scene at Gore Vidal’s house in Ravello, and [Murray] said, “Hey, how are you? I missed you.’ I said, ‘You’re full of shit. You didn’t miss me.” He looked confused for a moment.”
However, Murray and Huston later reconciled when the ‘Lost in Translation’ actor showed up at Huston’s husband Robert Graham’s funeral in 2008.
“He couldn’t have been nicer that day,” Huston said. “He showed up. A lot of people didn’t do that.”
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