‘We’re trying to make peace’: Bill Murray talks about ‘inappropriate behavior’ claim that shut down filming

(Video: CNBC)

Actor Bill Murray opened up about the “difference of opinion” over alleged “inappropriate behavior” that led to the shutdown of his latest film production and expressed his hope for peace adding “if it’s not best for the other person it doesn’t matter what happens to me.”

While attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Murray sat down with CNBC where Becky Quick asked him about the temporary halt in filming the Searchlight Pictures film “Being Mortal” directed by Aziz Ansari. “Well, there’s a difference of…I had a difference of opinion with a woman I’m working with,” Murray began.

“I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way. The company, the movie studio, wanted to do the right thing so, they wanted to check it all out, investigate it and so they stopped the production,” the comedian continued.

As previously reported, the film adaptation of the 2014 book by surgeon Atul Gawande, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” was put on hold after complaints about Murray being “very hands-on touchy, not in any personal areas, but put an arm around a woman, touched her hair, pulled her ponytail – but always in a comedic way.”

“I’ve been doing not much else but thinking about it for the last week or two and I feel like if I don’t, if I don’t see that, you know the world’s different than it was when I was a little kid,” the 71-year-old actor remarked.

He touched on efforts toward reconciliation and told CNBC, “But, as of now, we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other. I think that’s where the real issue is, between our peace.”

“We’re both professionals,” he went on, “we like each others’ work, we like each other I think and if we can’t really get along and trust each other there’s no point in going further working together or making the movie as well. It’s been quite an education for me.”

While the full details of the complaint have not been revealed, Murray clearly expressed an element cultural differences between acceptable humor played a part in the “difference of opinion.”

“What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change, and the times change. So, it’s important for me to figure it out,” he expressed. “I think the most important thing is that it’s best for the other person. I thought about it and I figure if it’s not best for the other person it doesn’t matter what happens to me.”

Noting he is optimistic about making peace, he went on, “I think it’s a sad dog that doesn’t, that can’t learn anymore. I think that’s a really sad puppy that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it.”

The actor who has a history of on-set disputes with coworkers stated, “What would make me the happiest would be to put my boots on and for both of us to go back into work and be able to trust each other and work at the work that we’ve both spent a lot of time developing the skill of and hopefully do something that’s good for more than just the two of us, but the whole crew of people, the moviemakers and the movie studio as well.”

Seeming remorseful, Murray added, “This idea of being able to trust people and really trying to have a long life…you know I feel like sometimes I feel like I’ve made a success of myself, but in the real moments I realize I don’t know anything. I really don’t know anything,” as he suggested life is about making progress and ultimately setting an example for those who come after you.


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