The production of the film Bill Murray is working on has been halted after a complaint of “inappropriate behavior” was filed against the actor, according to reports.
Being Mortal filming was suspended on Monday and a letter was sent to the cast and crew saying, “We were made aware of a complaint, and we quickly looked into it. We apologize for any inconvenience.” It has been determined that manufacturing cannot continue at this time due to the current conditions.
The complaint letter did not identify Murray as the object of the letter’s criticism. An unidentified source was cited by the New York Times and Deadline as claiming that the film was halted due to “inappropriate behavior.”
Being Mortal is an adaption of Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End, which is written and directed by Aziz Ansari. Additionally, Ansari stars with Murray and Seth Rogen in the film.
For now, it’s not clear how long the filming will be put on hold. Aziz and Youree are working with Searchlight to determine the best time to resume production, according to their letter.
In order to get a reaction, we’ve reached out to Searchlight and a Murray spokesperson. No comments on current investigations, according to Searchlight.
“I believe it’s a sad dog that’s lost its ability to learn,” Murray said. When it comes to becoming a sad dog, “I have no intention of becoming one.”
Despite Searchlight Pictures’ confirmation to USA TODAY that production had been halted, the company has declined to provide any other information, citing the continuing investigation. The lawsuit against Murray was submitted earlier this month and production was suspended last week, according to Deadline.com.
The film’s production began in March in Los Angeles, and it was scheduled for release in theatres the following year. The movie is based on Dr. Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End,” published in 2014 and written by the surgeon and novelist.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in July 2021, Lucy Liu said that while filming a sequence in the 2001 picture “Charlie’s Angels,” Murray began to “hurl slurs” at her.
I wasn’t going to sit there and take it since some of the language used was disgusting and inexcusable. As a result of my actions, I have no regrets.” It doesn’t matter where you come from or how low on the totem pole you are; there’s no need to condescend or put anyone else down. “And I would not, and I never should have, sat down.”
As reported by Babe.net in January 2018, an ex-date accused Ansari of sexual assault, and the actor took a hiatus from the entertainment industry. It was an alias for the accuser in the Babe tale.
The two were supposedly on a date at his apartment when he undressed her and compelled her to engage in oral sex. “I’m sure I was physically indicating that I wasn’t engaged in the conversation. “I don’t think that was observed at all, or if it was, it was disregarded,” she wrote.
He said in a statement that he felt the sexual activity had been consensual at the time, but the next day, “I got a text from her expressing that although ‘it may have appeared acceptable,'” Ansari learned otherwise in a text message.
She had a bad feeling about it as she thought about it more. As a result, I was shocked and worried when I learned that things were not going well for her… I heeded her advice,” I said.
The decision was communicated to the cast and crew in a letter acquired by the New York Times. Last week, we received a complaint and promptly began investigating it.
The company issued a statement stating that “manufacturing cannot proceed at this time” after analyzing the facts. In the meanwhile, we’re working with Aziz [Ansari] and Youree [Henley] to find out when production will restart.” The issue was not mentioned in the letter.