Geena Davis has opened up about how Billy Murray terrorized her on the set of Quick change. Filmed in 1990, Quick change was directed by Murray, who also co-starred in the film with Davis. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who largely praised the film as one of Murray’s best acting to date. Despite this, however, Quick change bombed at the box office, earning $15.3 million worldwide against the film’s $17 million budget.
For several years now, many actors and crew members have come forward to share horror stories about Murray’s behavior on movie sets. Richard Dreyfuss has Murray a “drunk bully,” while Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis has named him “irrationally meanIn 1978, Murray and SNL co-star Chevy Chase got into a bitter argument that ended in a fierce fistfight. In July 2021, it was reported that Lucy Liu was arguing with Murray on the set of Charlie’s Angels, after a disturbing altercation between the two took place. Most recently Murray worked on the film being mortal in April of this year, that was Parks and Recreaction the directorial debut of Aziz Ansari. on April 21, being mortal production was halted after a complaint, allegedly from Keke Palmer, was filed against Murray for inappropriate conduct. Murray admitted his part in the incident, saying he “did something [he] thought was funny and it was not taken that way.“The film has not resumed production.
In her new memoir “Dying of Politeness” (via The times), Davis recalls being terrorized by Murray during filming Quick change. Davis writes that she was initially introduced to Murray in a hotel suite, where he insisted on using a massager called The Thumper on her, despite Davis vehemently protesting. She also recalls one time Murray yelled at her in front of hundreds of people for being late to set, despite Davis being late only because she was waiting for her wardrobe. Read Davis’ statement over The times below:
That was bad. The way he behaved during the first meeting… I should have walked out of there or defended myself thoroughly, in which case I wouldn’t have gotten the part. I could have avoided that treatment had I known how to react or what to do during the audition. But, you know, I was so non-confrontational that I just didn’t…
Multiple Bill Murray Controversies Explained
While Murray’s controversies have come to light in recent years, the allegations against the actor of inappropriate behavior date back to the 1970s. Not only does Murray have a history of alleged verbal abuse from colleagues, but there have been several allegations of physical assault. Charlie’s Angels director McG claimed Murray headbutted him on the set of the film, nearly breaking his nose. What about Bob? producer Laura Ziskin said Murray broke her sunglasses by throwing them across the parking lot, and threatened to do the same to her.
Murray is known for playing comedic, beloved characters throughout his career — and perhaps that’s why he’s gotten away with so much inappropriate behavior over the years. After the complaint against him being mortalMurray expressed his willingness to change his attitude, saying: “I think it’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I don’t feel like it.“But with more than 40 years of allegations of inappropriate behaviour, only time will tell if Murray has really changed — because in the 1990s, according to Davis, he still hadn’t learned his lesson. Quick change.
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Source: The times