Searchlight Pictures suspends production on Being Mortal following Bill Murray complaint

Filming of Bill Murray’s upcoming movie Being Mortal has been suspended after a complaint was reportedly filed specifically against the 71-year-old actor, alleging “inappropriate behavior.”

It is unknown at this time what Murray’s involvement in the project will be going forward as the investigation remains active. Insiders speaking to Deadline added that Aziz Ansari — who is starring, writing and making his directorial debut on the film alongside his partner Youree Henley — was not a part of the complaint, neither was Seth Rogen, who also appears in Being Mortal.

The studio sent a letter to cast and crew, which includes stars Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer, and Bill Murray, which states,

Dear Being Mortal Cast and Crew,

We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update.
Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint, and we immediately looked into it. After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.
We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. Our hope is to resume production and are working with Aziz and Youree to figure out that timing.
Production will be in touch with you to share details on the wrap, and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share.

Searchlight Pictures.

Murray is one of America’s most beloved actors, however the star has a history of making enemies on the set of his films.

Back in 2000, Murray famously fell out with Lucy Liu while filming Charlie’s Angels, Liu claiming Murray made “inexcusable and unacceptable” comments to her on the set. Co-star Drew Barrymore also addressed the incident last year, saying: “What really happened was Bill was just in a — you know, comedians can be a little dark sometimes — and he just came in in a bad mood.”

Director McG additionally claimed that Murray headbutted him on the set of the action flick, Murray vehemently denied the claim.

Richard Dreyfuss described Murrary as a “drunken bully” who threw an ashtray at his face when they worked together on the 1991 film What About Bob?

The film’s producer, Laura Ziskin, told The Los Angeles Times in 2003 that Murray made threatening comments to her.

Producer Ziskin once said a disagreement between them resulted in Murray tossing her into a lake, although she called it “playful.”

Based on surgeon Atul Gawande’s 2014 nonfiction book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Ansari acts as writer, director, and star of the film. Production reportedly began on March 28 and was halfway completed before the shutdown. According to Deadline, it’s unclear whether the project will make its 2023 release date given this delay.

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