Bill Murray has reportedly pulled out of Wes Anderson’s new film. asteroid city after infection with COVID-19, Diversity reports this afternoon. (Before?) The beloved actor allegedly left the production after being diagnosed with the virus shortly before. asteroid city started filming… in September of last year?!? Hmmmm.
A source told the publication that Murray was recast after contracting COVID-19 and that Steve Carell ended up replacing him while filming the Focus Features production in Spain.
Murray’s departure asteroid city surprising given his long history of collaboration with Anderson; they worked together on Rushmore, Full Moon Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou, Royal Tenenbaums and more.
His departure also follows Murray’s recent controversy on the set of Aziz Ansari’s film. to be mortal. Production on the project was halted in April due to “inappropriate behavior” by Murray, whose interaction with a woman on set led to a formal complaint and a studio investigation.
Murray shared his version of the incident during an April interview with CNBC, in which he described their interaction as a “difference of opinion.”
“I did something that I thought was funny, but it wasn’t taken that way,” Murray said. “The studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check everything, investigate, and that’s why they stopped production.”
Sources said Diversity that Murray to be mortal the incident had “nothing to do” with his exit from asteroid city.
Although Murray reportedly did not film any scenes for asteroid city before he left the film, his comments at the BFI London Film Festival suggest otherwise, as pointed out by David Franklin on Twitter.
Additional context: during the show French dispatch at the festival in October 2021, Murray shared the details asteroid city, saying “It’s a regular cast of characters. We’re filming in Spain, about 45 minutes from Madrid. It’s fun, we’re having a good time.” (Quotes to Daily Screen and Collider.)
So what gives? If you ask us what’s rotten in
Denmark Spain. Let’s go over this one more time.
- First things first: According to these reports, Bill Murray is out of asteroid city, which began filming in Spain in September 2021 due to COVID-19. It seems fishy, especially for a star of Murray’s caliber and his longtime working relationship with Anderson. Many A-list movie stars have contracted COVID while filming movies during the pandemic, such as Robert Pattinson on Batman and Tom Cruise Mission Impossible 7, and returned to the set after the quarantine. So why was Murray, who is not quite a day player, forced to leave?
- Next: If he was indeed left out of the film for COVID-related reasons, why did he talk about his participation in the film in October 2021 at the film festival and state that “we’re having a good time” on set? Seems suspicious.
- Next up: Why did we ONLY find out about this NOW, 10+ months after the fact? Given the prominence of the coronavirus in all of our minds (and most of our bodies) over the past few years, it seems like it would be a BIG HEADLINE if a major movie star with 50 years of hilarious roles under his belt were asked. leave a high profile photo due to the coronavirus. And why do we find out about it from the “source” on Friday afternoon, the practice of obfuscating bad news, known in media circles as the “Friday News Dump”. (Want another VERY recent example of Friday news? Vince McMahon’s “leaving” from WWE, which also happened this afternoon, just weeks after a slew of sexual harassment allegations were filed against the wrestling impresario.)
Mike Ryan of Uproxx also seems to find this ad…curious.
To use another popular saying, where there is smoke, there is fire. (There are also reports of “fire” in the vicinity of Murray; for example, remember the infamous fiasco of Lucy Liu from Charlie’s Angels kit.) While we do not know the source of ignition enough however, Bill Murray’s career seems to be starting to smolder.
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