Bill Murray: Behavior led to complaint, movie paused

Bill Murray on Saturday admitted that his behavior on set led to a complaint from a woman and the halting of filming of his latest movie.

The actor and comedian, in his early comments about the “Being Mortal” filming, described the incident as a “difference of opinion” but declined to provide specifics on what happened or the people involved.

“I did something that I thought was funny and it just didn’t turn out that way,” he told CNBC during an interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting. “The studio wanted to do the right thing so they wanted to check it all out, investigate it and so they stopped production.”

Murray said he and the unnamed woman were talking and “trying to make peace.” He did not say when or whether production would resume and whether he would reprise his role in the film.

“We are both professionals,” Murray said of the woman. “We like each other’s work. I think we like each other and if you can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in working together or making a movie.”

The 71-year-old comedian of “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack” thinks the changing nature of what’s considered appropriate humor is a factor.

“It was an education for me,” he said. “The world was different than it was when I was a kid. What I always thought was funny as a kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change and times change so things change. It’s important that I find it out.”

Murray added: “I think it’s a sad dog that can’t be learned anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it.”

Searchlight Pictures has confirmed production has been suspended but has so far declined to disclose details, citing an ongoing investigation. Entertainment website Deadline reports that the lawsuit against Murray was filed earlier this month and production was halted last week.

“Being Mortal” stars Murray, Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer, and Aziz Ansari, who are writing, directing, and producing the film.

Production began in Los Angeles in March, and the film is slated to hit theaters next year. The film is based on Dr Atul Gawande’s 2014 non-fiction book on hospice, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”

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