Production of Being Mortal suspended after actor Bill Murray accused of “inappropriate behavior”

Production on the film Being Deadly was halted April 18 after leading actor Bill Murray became the latest Hollywood target of complaints about “inappropriate behavior” on the set.

The film, based on Atul Gawande’s 2014 nonfiction bestseller Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, and starring Murray, Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogen, deals with assisted living and end-of-life care for the elderly.

The film “was halfway through before the production halted,” according to dead line. It is Ansari’s directorial and writing debut. According to the publication, “[i]t is unknown at this time what Murray’s involvement in the project will be going forward as the investigation remains active.”

Bill Murray (Photo credit–Harald Krichel)

Little concrete detail is available regarding the nature of the allegations against Murray. Fox Searchlight, the film company backing the project, declared in a letter that “[a]After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.” The publisher was hoping “to resume production and [is] working with Aziz and [producer Youree Henley] to figure out that timing.”

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