Aziz Ansari would have had “inappropriate behavior” of an uncertain sort while starring in his first feature film, Being Mortal.
Is this too much of a blunder? The Searchlight Pictures company had to suspend the shooting of Aziz Ansari’s first picture, the serious comedy Being Mortal, on Wednesday, the American specialized press learned on Thursday. For what reason? Due to the “inappropriate behavior” of its lead actor, Bill Murray, an American comedian.
According to a letter the company gave to the film team on Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed against the actor last week. The paper, which the New York Times has reviewed since, states: “After analyzing the circumstances (of the complaint), a decision has been made to suspend production for the time being.” The indeterminate accident involving Bill Murray’s “inappropriate behavior” would have occurred on Friday, April 15, according to a witness to the shooting. Neither Searchlight Pictures nor Disney, which has owned 20th Century Fox since the acquisition, have responded to requests for comment on the matter.
A film is set to be released in 2023.
Bill Murray is best known for his parts in the films Ghostbusters, An Endless Day, Lost in Translation, and Broken Flowers. He is known for his stoic presence and acerbic humor on screen. In front of the cameras, on the other hand, the actor would get a little carried away. As a result, the production of Charlie and his Charlie’s Angels, which was released in 2000, would have been notoriously difficult. “Bill started shouting insults as we were shooting a scene; I’m not going to go into detail, but it lasted quite a long,” actress Lucy Liu testified in 2021. Some of his remarks were inexcusable and unacceptably offensive.” Joseph McGinty Nichol, the film’s director, had also admitted to receiving a headbutt from the actor at the time. Bill Murray has since disputed my recall.
Other celebrities have weighed in on the actor’s bloodshed. In 2019, the comedian Richard Dreyfuss, who shared the poster of What’s Up, Bob? with Bill Murray in 1991, referred to him as a”brutal drunkard.” The actor’s relationship with his director Harold Ramis was strained during the making of An Endless Day. Dan Aykroyd, an actor and filmmaker, was well aware of Bill Murray’s outbursts, to the point where he supposedly dubbed him “the Murricane” (related to the English word “hurricane”).
Being Mortal is the first feature film directed by actor Aziz Ansari, and it is based on a trial written by American doctor Atul Gawande in 2014 called We are all mortal: what really matters at the end of life (Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End in English), which was a bestseller in the United States. The picture, which stars Bill Murray, 71, and includes Aziz Ansari, Seth Rogen, and Keke Palmer, is set to be released next year. On March 28, filming began. According to the American press, Deadline was roughly halfway through production when it was canceled.