Bill Murray Talks About Inappropriate Behavior Complaint Against Him, Says He’s Learning

We told you last month that production on Aziz Ansari’s upcoming film, ‘Being Mortal‘, was stopped due to an inappropriate behavior complaint filed against Bill Murray.

The studio investigated the complaint and apparently found it to be credible enough to stop production. Sources say they had filmed around 50% of the project.

And for the first time, Murray is speaking out about the charge. During an interview on CNBC of all places, the 71-year-old actor revealed he had a “difference of opinion” with a woman he was working with on set.

I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way. The movie studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check it all out and investigate it and so they stopped the production. As of now we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other.

We’re not exactly sure who this woman is, but Murray claims he’s been in contact with her directly. If one were to speculate, Keke Palmer is the only actress listed on the movie’s IMDb page, so it’s possible she was the one who filed the complaint. We could certainly see her not wanting to take any of Bill’s sh*t.

Murray says they’re both professionals who want to finish the project, but need to trust each other in order to make it work.

We’re both professionals. We like each other’s work — we like each other, I think. If we can’t get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going further working together or making a movie… It’s been quite an education for me. I’ve been doing not much else but thinking about her for the last week or two.

Sucks for Ansari, as this was supposed to be his feature film directorial debut. In addition to Murray and Palmer, this film also stars Seth Rogen and Jimmy Walker Jr.

Searchlight Pictures Suspends Production On Aziz Ansari’s Directorial Feature ‘Being Mortal’

The hits keep coming for Aziz Ansari. The comedian/actor/writer/director was at the top of his game a few years back before being dragged down by a woman who accused him of, well, honestly she just accused him of being a terrible date. He didn’t do anything criminal. He was just a bad date.

But when the story came out, Aziz got lumped in with the #MeToo movement and his career took a hit.

Now a few years later, he was set to return with his feature directorial debut, Being Mortal. The film, which is based on Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, began production back at the end of March. Sources say around 50% of the movie has been shot.

But unfortunately, no one knows if/when the second half will be filmed because Searchlight Pictures has suspended production. A letter was sent out to the cast and crew this week after someone came forward with a complaint.

After investigating the incident, the studio determined they could not continue with production at this time. We do not know what the complaint was, but we do know it was not related to COVID-19 and it was not directed at Ansari.

The letter reads:

We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. Our hope is to resume production and [we] are working with Aziz and [producer Youree Henley] 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.

Ansari was set to star in the movie, alongside Seth Rogen and Bill Murray. It was scheduled to be released in 2023, but of course that’s up in the air now.

Hopefully more details are released soon.