Keke Palmer wants ‘Being Mortal’ saved after Bill Murray complains

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Keke Palmer wants 'Being Mortal' saved after Bill Murray complains (2)

Keke Palmer wants ‘Being Mortal’ saved after Bill Murray complains

Keke Palmer has stayed silent on Bill Murray’s complaint that halted production of “Being Mortal” — but she is loud and clear that she wants to see the Aziz Ansari-led film concluded one way or another.

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“If anyone can figure it out, it’s going to be Aziz,” she said in an interview with Variety during Saturday’s Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles. “Obviously, we were cut short at a certain point, but I would say I’m pretty. Ruined. It’s a wonderful movie. If there’s any way to finish, to save, I want to do it.”

Palmer added that they only had a month left to shoot, so Ansari “had to do a major rewrite” to complete the film.

 

“But I know what we’ve got is gold,” she said, adding that Ansari is “fantastic” and would love to see him as her director.

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Filming of ‘Being Mortal’ halted due to Bill Murray’s complaint

Earlier this year, Searchlight Pictures temporarily halted filming of “Being Mortal,” starring Palmer, Ansari, and Seth Rogen, in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior against Murray on set.

According to reports from several outlets at the time, including The New York Times and Variety, the film studio issued a letter to the cast and crew on April 20, saying the suspension was due to the complaint but did not go into further details.

A spokesperson for Searchlight Pictures confirmed to USA TODAY that the film has stopped production, but no further information was provided.

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‘Being Mortal’ halted:       Reports say that Bill Murray has halted the production of the film due to allegations of inappropriate behavior

 

According to IMDb Ansari is the writer and director of the film. The film is based on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End”, a 2014 non-fiction book about end-of-life care written by surgeon Atul Gawande. 

Ansari took a hiatus from Hollywood after being accused of sexual misconduct by a former date in a Babe.net article from January 2018. In Babe’s story, the suspect, identified only by a pseudonym, said the two were in his apartment. A date where he forced her to strip and perform oral sex.

Ansari said in a statement at the time that he believed the sexual act was consensual. He returned to the limelight in 2019 with the Netflix comedy special, “Aziz Ansari Right Now” and followed up with another Netflix special, “Nightclub Comedian” in 2022.

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Seth Green claims Bill Murray trashed him on ‘SNL’ set

Palmer’s comments came over the weekend amid growing complaints about Murray’s behavior on set.

During an episode of the YouTube show “Good Mythical Morning” last week, Seth Green shared a run-in with Murray as a young actor on “Saturday Night Live,” when Murray grabbed him by the ankles and threw him into a trash can.

He said the incident happened when he was 9 years old and landed a spot on “SNL,” which Murray was hosting that night.

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“He saw me sitting on this chair and made a big fuss about me being in his seat,” Green said. “And I was like, ‘That’s absurd. I’m sitting on the arm of this couch. There’s a lot of lengths on this couch’ … and he’s like, ‘That’s my chair.'”

When Green refused to move, Murray hung Green over a trash can and “got lost in the trash,” Green said. He said he was upset and embarrassed and went to do the show anyway.

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More stars open up about working with Geena Davis, Bill Murray

Geena Davis alleged that she was molested while working with Bill Murray on the 1990 film “Quick Change.” In her memoir, “Dying of Politeness,” released Oct. 11, she wrote that the comedian pressured her to give him a massage in a hotel suite when he met for her role. Another day, Murray yelled at her in front of more than 300 people on set as she waited for her wardrobe.

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