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Bill Murray Speaks Out About Complaint That Shut Down Searchlight’s ‘Being Mortal’

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Actor Bill Murray attends the "'Hyde Park on Hudson" premiere during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Empire Leicester Square on October 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for BFI)

Last week, news emerged that a complaint against Bill Murray was what shut down production on Searchlight’s Being Mortal. While details about the complaint and the incident that it derived from have been scarce, the actor spoke openly about the entire situation in an interview with CNBC Saturday morning.

While making an appearance at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, Murray was asked what happened.

The actor confessed that the incident did involve an unnamed female co-star, and that he did something he believed was “funny”. Unfortunately, the actress didn’t seem to agree with his sense of humor and ended filing the complaint.

While seeming somewhat apologetic, Murray confirmed that that he was in contact with the woman and that he would be working with her to clear the air so that they can all get back to shooting with the rest of the cast and crew ASAP.

The actor also admitted to finally understanding how much things have changed, and how things he’s done in the past can be viewed now as innappropriate and tone deaf. He promised that he was actively learning and listening so that he could adapt and become a better actor and person.

Now, while it’s still unclear who the actress is, TMZ points out that Keke Palmer is the only known actress attached at this time. Palmer, who has been known to be very vocal via social media, has yet to make mention of anything regarding the film or the incident in recent weeks. Though there is a possibility that she can’t talk because it’s still under investigation. With Murray finally speaking up though, if she is the actress in question, that could change.

As of now, Searchlight has not come forward with any additional information, but they have confirmed that an investigation is still being done into the complaint.

This isn’t the first time Bill Murray has been under fire for his attitude on the set of a film. Last year, Lucy Liu publicly spoke about the way Murray treated her when the two worked on the Charlie’s Angels films.

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Being Mortal was supposed to be Ansari’s feature directorial debut. He would star alongside Seth Rogen and Bill Murray. Production began just a few weeks ago, and the film was being targeted for a 2023 release.

Based on the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, a 2014 non-fiction book by American surgeon Atul Gawande, the film was set to address end-of-life care, hospice care, while depicting Gawande’s reflections and personal stories.

It’s unclear how long the suspension will last, but it seems clear that Searchlight has an intention to continue production eventually.

We’ll continue to update this story as details become available.