Production on the latest Bill Murray film has been suspended after the Ghostbusters star was accused of “inappropriate behavior” on set
Groundhog Day star Bill Murray has reportedly been accused of “inappropriate behavior” on set and production of his latest film has been suspended.
The 71-year-old actor was set to star alongside Seth Rogan to be mortal – based on Atul Gawande’s non-fiction book on end-of-life care, but the cast and crew have been told “production cannot proceed at this time”.
The film marks the directorial debut of Golden Globe-winning comedian Aziz Ansari, who, along with Rogan, is not part of the complaint.
The nature of the allegation is unknown at this time, but production insiders told news site Deadline and the New York Times that the ghostbusters and Lost in translation The actor was the subject of a complaint for what was only described as “inappropriate behavior”.
Mr Murray has not yet responded to the request.
In a letter to the cast and crew, Searchlight Pictures, the company behind the film, said: “We know you are all concerned about the recent production delays and would like to update you.
“At the end of last week we became aware of a complaint and we took care of it immediately. After reviewing the circumstances, it was decided that production cannot proceed at this time.
“We are really grateful to you all for everything you put into this project.
“Our hope is to resume production and we are working with Aziz and Youree (Henley, Ansari’s partner on the film) to work out that timing.
“Production will be in touch with you to provide details on the foiling and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share.”
Searchlight Pictures, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, was asked for comment. The film is set to be released next year, but it’s unclear if that will happen now.
According to the deadline, filming only began on March 28th.
Mr. Murray, who also acted Life in the water and The Grand Hotel BudapestShe was previously accused of using “inexcusable language” on set Charlie’s Angel Actress Lucy Liu.
Ms. Liu said her encounter with Mr. Murray came about during the rehearsal of a scene that had been edited without his knowledge.
She said he began throwing “kind of insults” at her, using language that was “inexcusable and unacceptable.”
Mr Murray addressed the event in an interview with The times, in 2009, in which he said, “Look, I’ll fire you outright if you’re unprofessional and work with me. If our relationship is professional and you can’t make it, forget it.”
Ms. Liu told Deadline last year, “I have nothing against Bill Murray at all. I have since seen him and he came up to me and was super nice.”
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