Bill Murray came out for the first time since the studio Searchlight Pictures suspended the production of the feature Being Mortal, on April 21, over allegations of “inappropriate conduct” of the American actor towards a woman. In an interview last Saturday, the 30th, the comedian admitted a “difference of opinion”, caused by a bad joke.
“I did something that I thought was funny, and it wasn’t seen that way,” the 71-year-old told CNBC, without elaborating on the joke. “The world is different than it was when I was a child. What I always thought was funny isn’t necessarily what’s funny now. Things change, time changes, and it’s important for me to realize that.”
The veteran actor of Ghostbusters and Encounters and Disencounters, among dozens of other features, said he understands the suspension. “The studio wanted to do the right thing, check everything out and investigate, so we stopped production. Right now, we are talking and trying to make peace with each other.”
Murray has made it clear that he and the woman who reported him, whose identity has been withheld, are in talks to try to smooth things over, but he did not make it clear whether he intends to resume filming. “We like each other’s work. We like each other, I think, and if you can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going any further by working together or making a movie.”
Throughout the interview, the actor adopted a tone of regret. “I keep thinking, ‘How could I have read this situation the wrong way? How could I be so misguided and insensitive?’ I really thought I had a certain sensitivity to people. This is what we’re talking about, and I think we’ll eventually come to terms with it. I’m optimistic about that.”
Searchlight Pictures is keeping production on hold and says an investigation is underway. Being Mortal has in its cast, in addition to Bill Murray, heavy names such as Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer and Aziz Ansari – the latter as a writer, director and producer of the feature, which was scheduled to open in theaters in 2023.
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