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Geena Davis, Seth Green, Lucy Liu… these testimonies that dent the Bill Murray myth

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Geena Davis, Seth Green, Lucy Liu… these testimonies that dent the Bill Murray myth
Written by madishthestylebar

Several testimonials in Hollywood come to shake the image of Bill Murray, the zany and sympathetic actor of American cinema.

Bill Murray, cult actor of cult films, has a reputation as a goofy but sympathetic, unmanageable but brilliant guy. A type accessible and close to his fans, who does not hesitate to embed himself in wedding photos.

However, a complaint for inappropriate behavior last April, and several recent testimonies tarnish this image a little and reveal an angry and manipulative man.

The latest testimony is that of Seth Green, the actor of buffy the vampire slayernear variety. The scene occurred in 1983, on the set of Saturday Night Live.

As a child, Seth Green participated in an episode that Bill Murray hosted. The actor was annoyed that the child sat on the arm of his chair. As the kid refused to budge, the actor grabbed him by the ankles, held him upside down, and dropped him into a trash can, shouting, “trash in the trash.”

“I was horrified. I ran away, hid under the table in my dressing room and just cried.”

“He’s super nice to the fans, but he wasn’t very nice to [l’équipe de SNL]he hated us”, also declared in the podcast Sirius XM the actor Rob Schneider, another alumnus of the satirical show.

Before him, actress Geena Davis pinned in her autobiography, Dying of Politeness: A memoirpublished on October 11, the behavior of Bill Murray, during the audition for the film Quick Changein 1990.

“I should have left”

During this first meeting, which took place in a hotel room, the comedian insisted on using a massage device, making her very uncomfortable. “I had to lie down on a bed and let him put this device on my back. He was so insistent that I thought I couldn’t leave the room without letting him.” , explained Geena Davis to ABC News.

“I should have walked away or really stood up for myself, in which case I wouldn’t have gotten the part,” she also told The Times.

I found out later it was because I just got an Oscar [ndlr: pour le film Voyageur malgré lui], and he thought ‘I’m not going to hire her without knowing if she has the melon. She has to understand that she’s going to do what I want. It was a test. And when I got the part, the first day of shooting, he got angry and yelled at me in front of everyone. I saw him do that later to other people.”

For the actress, this is for the actor “to intimidate people so that they do not challenge him”.

“Inexcusable remarks”

A similar scene happened with Lucy Liu on the set of Charlie and his Charlie’s Angels in 2000, as told by the actress in 2021. Bill Murray then started screaming insults“.

“Some of the comments made were inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to stand there to suffer them. So, yes, I defended myself, and I do not regret it”, had declared the actress in a podcast of Los Angeles Times.

“Because no matter what rank you are on the totem pole or where you come from, there is no need to patronize or put others down.”

Last April, the shooting of Aziz Ansari’s film, Being Mortal, had been suspended, due to a complaint lodged against Bill Murray for inappropriate behavior. “I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way,” the actor reacted, assuring: “It was a hell of a lesson for me.”

However, for many years he has made the people he works with go crazy. And if in the early 2000s, films like Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola Aquatic Life by Steve Zissou or Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch completed his image of sweet crazy, a little looser and terribly human, he made life difficult for his collaborators in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was thus downright angry with Harold Ramis, the director ofan endless day, because of radically opposing views on what the film should be. So much so that the filmmaker described it in the New Yorker as being “really irrationally mean and unavailable”.

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