Complaint about actor Bill Murray's on-set behavior halts production of 'Being Mortal'
- Production on the
film"Being Mortal" has halted following a complaint about actor Bill Murray's on-set behavior.
- It is unclear what the nature of the complaint is, or if he will continue to be a part of the film.
Production for the film "Being Mortal" has been suspended following a complaint about actor Bill Murray's allegedly inappropriate behavior on set, Deadline reported on Thursday.
It is unclear what the nature of the complaint is or if the 71-year-old actor will continue to be part of the project.
On Wednesday, Searchlight Pictures — the studio behind the film — sent a letter to the film's cast and crew, informing them that production had been halted due to a complaint.
"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," the studio wrote in a letter seen by Deadline.
"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," the letter said, referring to the project's director
According to sources cited by Deadline, Ansari and Henley were not part of the complaint, nor was actor Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the production. The film is set to be Ansari's debut as a feature film director.
"Being Mortal" is based on Atul Gawande's book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," a non-fiction work that examines hospice and end-of-life care.
According to Variety, nearly half of the film had been shot before production was halted this week.
Searchlight Pictures did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
This is not the first time Murray has been embroiled in controversy for his on-set behavior. Last year, Lucy Liu recounted an argument she had with him while filming the 2000 action flick "Charlie's Angels."
The actress said it happened during a scene rehearsal that Murray was not initially due to attend. According to Liu, Murray had showed up and began to "hurl insults" Liu and "kept going on and on" with his actions.
"Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it. So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don't regret it," she said during an appearance on the "Asian Enough" podcast.
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