While promoting her new book, die of politeness, actor, archer and humanitarian Geena Davis has become embroiled in the ongoing public scrutiny of Bill Murray. Known for his grumpy on-screen behavior and his viral flirtations with intrusionMurray became the subject of controversy after allegations of Murray’s misconduct forced Searchlight Pictures to suspend production of Aziz Ansari’s film be mortal. In die of politenessDavis detailed his experiences working with Murray on the actor’s directorial debut in 1990 Quick changebut there is more to say.
Appearing on With Kara Swisher (via The variety), Davis described his time with Murray, and, simply put, it sounds awful. Davis paints an abusive image of the actor who many want to believe is a fun-loving guy who could disrupt a marriage at any time. In Davis’s mind, he’s more of a guy who “makes women do things that would make them uncomfortable.”
“I went to meet Bill Murray and his co-director and a producer in a hotel suite,” Davis told Swisher. “And, uh, I walked in and went and sat down with everybody sitting there. But Bill Murray appeared and said, “Hey, have you ever tried the thumper?” And I’m like, ‘What? No. What is that ? “Well, come and try.” ‘No no no.'”
Davis describes “the thumb” as a “giant massager with big handles on it”, asking him to “lie down here”. I want to try it on you. Although she begged Murray to stop, telling him, “No, no, no thanks”, he refused to relent. “I keep saying ‘No’ to the point where I should have yelled at him, ‘Stop fucking asking me! I don’t. Do you understand?’ Which I was way too shy to do. So I perched on the corner of the bed and let him, and he did for a second, then didn’t ask how I liked it. or whatever. Then I realized it was just to see if he could force me to do something inappropriate.
Unfortunately, the other two men in the room weren’t much help either. “And I looked at them hoping they’d say, ‘Come on, Bill, let it go’ or something.”
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Murray’s dominance continued on the first day of filming. The first day was complicated, she said, shooting in Manhattan with hundreds of extras and a giant crew. When there was a misunderstanding about whether she should be on set or waiting for her wardrobe. “They said, ‘We’re ready for you to come on set. And I said, ‘Well, the suits told me to wait here a second. Can I do this or do I have to come with you? The assistant director responded by telling her she had to wait for the costumes.
However, Murray reportedly cleared up the confusion by humiliating Davis in front of the entire production. “Seconds later, Bill Murray – in a full clown costume, by the way – slams into the trailer with rage popping out of his eyeballs and starts yelling at me and swearing, ‘Fuck you ! What are you doing ? Move! Move! said Davis. “And he got behind me and shouted in my ear, ‘Move! Go faster! Move it!’ And we come to this intersection where there are hundreds of people watching this, and he just goes on and on until he says, “Hang on there” and points to a mark on the sidewalk and starts shooting.
“To actually talk about it is always – it’s very emotional for me because I was so ashamed,” she said, telling Swisher that she was “literally shaking” because of the incident. .
Obviously, people hate to hear that a beloved screen icon might not be a great person. It’s very easy to confuse feelings of appreciation for his work with his actual character, especially when Murray has been playing the same character for so long that many assume that’s just who he is. But in no other industry would it be acceptable to take abuse from a boss or employer in this way, and this situation is no different.
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