Bill Murray has admitted his behavior on the set of his new film prompted a complaint from a woman and the suspension of filming.
The 71-year-old actor said filming for Being Mortal was halted due to a “difference of opinion” on set, but did not provide further details on what happened.
“I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way,” he told CNBC during an interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting.
“The film studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check everything, investigate and so they stopped production. »
Murray added that he had spoken with the unnamed woman and “tried to make peace,” but did not say when or if production would resume.
He said: “We are both professionals. We love each other’s work. We love 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 too. . »
The actor, known for his roles in Ghostbusters and Caddyshack, further admitted that the changing nature of what is considered appropriate humor was a factor.
He said: “It was quite an education for me. The world is different from what it was when I was little.
“What I always thought was funny when I was little is not necessarily the same as what is funny now. Things change and times change, so it’s important for me to understand that.
“I think he’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be this sad dog and I have no intention of being. »
Searchlight Pictures confirmed that production had been suspended, but did not provide further information.
Being Mortal was set to star Murray, Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer and Aziz Ansari – who also wrote, directed and produced the film.
Production began in Los Angeles in March, and the film was set to hit theaters next year.
The film is based on surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande’s 2014 non-fiction book on end-of-life care, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.