Filming of Searchlight Pictures’ ‘Being Mortal’ has been halted after a lawsuit was filed against actor Bill Murray.
Production on the film, written and directed by Aziz Ansari, has been put on hold after a lawsuit was filed against the actor for “inappropriate behavior”, according to Deadline and the New York Times.
Details about the nature of the complaint or who was involved are unknown, as is Murray’s involvement with the project going forward. Ansari was not part of the complaint, nor was co-star Seth Rogen, Deadline reported.
Searchlight confirmed to HuffPost that production had been put on hold, but declined to comment. Ansari did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Times obtained a copy of a Searchlight letter sent Wednesday to the cast and crew of the film.
“At the end of last week, we were made aware of a complaint and immediately investigated it… After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time,” the letter reads. .
A source told The Times the incident happened last Friday and resulted in a shutdown that day. Production spent three days the following week conducting an investigation and determined that work on the film would be halted for the time being.
Murray, who debuted on “Saturday Night Live” in 1977 and went on to star in beloved movies like “Caddyshack” and “Ghostbusters,” is a comedy icon. He is appreciated for his understated humor, which has been at the forefront of many of director Wes Anderson’s films. He is also widely admired for his down-to-earth interactions with the public, such as reading poetry. construction workers or showing up at random birthday parties.
Yet his public persona has not been completely flawless.
In 2021, actress Lucy Liu told the Los Angeles Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast that Murray had verbally attacked her on the set of “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000 and used “inexcusable and unacceptable” language.
Ansari also received its fair share of public backlash. after an unidentified woman told the Babe.net website in 2018 that the comedian forced her to have sex on a date.
Murray was the lead on “Being Mortal,” according to the Times. The film, which also co-stars Rogen and Keke Palmer, is based on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” a nonfiction book by Atul Gawande. The book recounts Gawande’s experiences as a physician and examines the relationship between medical professionals and their patients when it comes to terminal illness. Ansari stars in the film, which is also her first film.
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