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Bill Murray: The ‘Being Mortal’ complaint was about ‘different opinions’

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About two weeks after Searchlight Pictures suspended production of the movie “Being Mortal” to investigate a lawsuit filed against Bill Murray, the actor described the inciting incident as “a difference of opinion.”

On Saturday, Murray attended Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, where he sat down with CNBC for an interview on camera. Murray, a shareholder himself, was asked about the production shutdown, which was first reported on April 20 by Deadline, which the next day named Murray as the subject of the complaint.

“I had a disagreement with a woman I work with,” Murray told CNBC. “I did something I thought was fun, and it was not taken that way. The company – the film studio – wanted to do the right thing, so they would check it all out and investigate, and so they stopped production.”

Murray said he and the woman who filed the complaint “are trying to make peace with each other.”

“We are both professionals,” he continued. “We like each other’s work. We like each other, I think. If we can not really get out of it and trust each other, there is no point in working further together or also making the film. ”

Searchlight confirmed the suspension but said it did not comment on the investigation. “Being Mortal”, based on surgeon Atul Gawande’s book of the same name, is comedian Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut. Deadline reported that the film, which also stars Seth Rogen and Keke Palmer, was halfway through filming.

A person close to the production, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, previously told The Washington Post that they thought most crew members were “extremely sad and crushed that this particular production is shutting down” because “for many people, this was the best set they had been on.”

The person said they had “major concerns about the legitimacy of the complaint” and that everyone from their perspective “was respectful and supportive of each other.”

The complaint against Murray arrived almost a year after actress Lucy Liu spoke to the Los Angeles Times about her problems working with the actor on the recordings for “Charlie’s Angels” from the 2000s. She remembered Murray’s howls[ing] insults “against her while making a scene and noting that” some of the language was unforgivable and unacceptable. “

“I did not want to just sit there and take it,” Liu said. “So yes, I stood up for myself and I do not regret it. For no matter how low you are on the totem pole, or wherever you came from, there is no need to condescend or shut down other people. And I did not want to stand down, nor should I. ”

In a speech to CNBC, Murray said the last few weeks had been “a right education for me.”

“You know, the world is different than it was when I was a little kid,” he said. “What I always thought was fun as a toddler is not necessarily the same as what’s fun now. Things are changing. Times change. It is important for me to find out, and I think the most important thing is that it is best for the other. ”

He added: “You learn so much more from your mistakes than from your successes.”

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