A new film written and directed by Aziz Ansari, “Being Mortal” has been suspended by Searchlight Pictures. The filming process has been shut due to a complaint against actor Bill Murray.
According to The New York Times, the complaint was made against the actor due to “inappropriate behavior”. However, the detail about the people who are involved is still unknown. According to the news, Ansari was not a part of the case, nor was the co-star Seth Rogen.
Meanwhile, Searchlight declined to comment and Ansari also didn’t immediately reply to the request to comment according to HuffPost. However, the Times has got a copy of a letter from Searchlight which was sent to the cast and crew last Wednesday.
“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,”
A source told New York Times telling the incident occurred last Friday. This incident resulted in being shut down on that day. Meanwhile, the production team also spent three days conducting an investigation and decided that the work on the movie would be shut down temporarily.
Bill Murray’s Career
Bill Murray or William James Murray was born on September 21, 1950, in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S. He is one of the finest American comedians and actors with his trademark Saturday Night Live and his roles in some films.
He began his career in acting in 1975 on National Lampoon Radio Hour with his fellow comedian Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. From 1977 to 1980, he performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. A comedy show that lifts his name. In 1979, he launched his film career with Meatballs followed by Caddyshack (1980) and then Stripes (1981).
Besides being the lead actor, he also took a supporting role in the comedy film Get Low (2009) where he played a funeral director in the depression era, and as a mobster in the Passion Play (2010).
One of his highest-grossing films of the decade is Ghostbusters, a film in which he played with Harold Ramis and Aykroyd. Among all of his careers, Murray is beloved for his humor and his low profile personality when interacting with the public for example reading poetry for construction workers or just turning up at random parties.
However, in 2021, Lucy Liu in the Los Angeles Times podcast “Asian Enough” stated that Murray attacked her verbally on the set of “Charlie’s Angels”. She stated Murray used “Inexcusable and unacceptable” language.
Meanwhile, Ansari also received public backlash after an unidentified woman told the comedian to force her into intimate relations during a date via Babe.net in 2018.
In the “Being Mortal” film, Murray was the lead with the co-stars Rogen and Keke Palmer. This film is based on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. This is a nonfiction book written by Atul Gawande. In the book, the author talks about the experiences of the doctors such as the experiences with terminal illnesses and medical professionals. In this case, Ansari is also acting in the movie which this also his first debut.