Production of Being Mortal has been suspended pending an investigation in to Bill Murray for misconduct towards female colleague, but actor claims it was just a childish joke.
Hollywood superstar and beloved actor of the original Ghostbusters film series, Bill Murray, has been accused of inappropriate “sexual misconduct” against a female colleague on the set of his upcoming comedy Being Mortal directed by stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari. As a result the studio has suspended production pending an investigation into the 71-year-old actor.
Bill Murray has broken his silence on the damaging allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct made against him by an unknown woman reportedly working on the st of Being Mortal. According to the Groundhog Day actor, the pair had a disagreement on set and he responded in a “childish” manner.
Bill Murray recently addressed the allegations when attending Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting on CNBNC, saying: ““Well, we had a difference of opinion. I had a difference of opinion with a woman I’m working with. I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way.”
“The company, the movie studio, wanted to do the right thing. So they wanted to check it all out, investigate it and so they stopped the production,” Murray added.
“As of now, we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other. I think that’s where the real issue is, between our peace. We’re both professionals. We like each other’s work. We like each other, I think.
Murray then admitted that the production of the film may be terminated if the matters regarding the allegations are not resolved.
“If we can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s not point in going further working together or making a movie as well,
“It’s been quite an education for me. I’ve been nothing — I’ve been doing not much else but thinking about it for the last week or two. And I feel like if I don’t, if I don’t see that — you know the world’s different than it was when I was a little kid. What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things changed and the times change.
An optimistic Murray stressed the importance of resolving the dispute, adding: “So, it’s important for me to figure it out. And I think the most important thing is that it’s best for the other person.”
While Bill Murray accepts responsibility for his behaviour, he maintains that his actions were “childish” and that he used to find this type of activity amusing.
“I thought about it and if it’s not best for the other person, it doesn’t matter what happens for me. And that gave me a great deal of comfort and relaxation because your brain doesn’t operate well when you’re n the unknown. When you’re thinking like, ‘Well, how could I be so? How could I misperceive? How could I be so inaccurate and so insensitive?’ When you think you’re being sensitive to some sensibility that you’ve had for a long time.”
Despite claiming to be optimistic, Murray reveals that he is worried that this incident may stain his legacy and ruin what is left of his career as a Hollywood actor.
“Sometimes I feel like I’ve made a success of myself, but in the real moments I realized I don’t know anything. I really don’t know anything. In that there’s so much more. Life is full of so many moments and so much so many emotions. And you can’t say, ‘Oh that’s mine. That’s the one I’m going to go with all the way because that just puts you in a box and you can, you know, you will make no further progress.”
“I feel like I’ve learned more in the last year or two than I may have learned in maybe a whole decade of my life before. I never — because I wasn’t maybe aware it was happening. But just more awareness makes more — it just compounds the interest as these kids say,” Murray concluded.
Being Mortal starring Seth Rogen (Santa Inc) and Bill Murray was set to release next year, 2023, but may face further delays depending on the outcome of the investigation.