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Bill Murray once threw an ashtray at Richard Dreyfuss’ head after a ‘meltdown’ on set of What About Bob, it has been claimed as more ‘problematic behavior’ emerges about the beloved actor whose actions have caused his latest movie project to get shut down.  

Dreyfuss’ son Ben, 35, revealed on Twitter on Thursday that Murray, 71, allegedly threw an ashtray at his father’s head and threatened to ‘throw’ a female producer across a parking lot and ‘ripped off her glasses’ during the meltdown after being denied an extra day off on the What About Bob set in 1991. 

Ben also revealed bodyguards had to be on set once filming resumed to separate the Murray and Dreyfuss, 74. 

‘Everyone walked off the production and flew back to LA and it only resumed after Disney hired some bodyguards to physically separate my dad and Bill Murray in between takes,’ he said in a tweet. 

The jaw-dropping revelation came just hours after Murray’s latest movie Being Mortal was shut down to investigate his ‘inappropriate behavior’ on set. Ben claimed Murray assaulted Richard after he complained about his behavior. 

Murray’s former costars are now revealing that he hurled insults, headbutted people, and even got into fights on various sets. 

Bill Murray, 71, (right) allegedly threw an ashtray at What About Bob costar Richard Dreyfuss, 74, (left) after he complained about the former's behavior, his son Ben, 35, revealed. He allegedly complained about Murray threatened to throw producer Laura Ziskin across the parking lot and broke her glasses

Bill Murray, 71, (right) allegedly threw an ashtray at What About Bob costar Richard Dreyfuss, 74, (left) after he complained about the former's behavior, his son Ben, 35, revealed. He allegedly complained about Murray threatened to throw producer Laura Ziskin across the parking lot and broke her glasses

Bill Murray, 71, (right) allegedly threw an ashtray at What About Bob costar Richard Dreyfuss, 74, (left) after he complained about the former’s behavior, his son Ben, 35, revealed. He allegedly complained about Murray threatened to throw producer Laura Ziskin across the parking lot and broke her glasses 

His son also revealed that everyone 'walked off set' and Disney had to hire 'bodyguards to physically separate my dad and Bill Murray in-between takes'

His son also revealed that everyone 'walked off set' and Disney had to hire 'bodyguards to physically separate my dad and Bill Murray in-between takes'

His son also revealed that everyone ‘walked off set’ and Disney had to hire ‘bodyguards to physically separate my dad and Bill Murray in-between takes’

Ben also revealed that he was ‘like five’ when the altercation happened, but still said it was some of his ‘fondest and earliest memories’ and praised the movie as being ‘good.’

The rumor of the ashtray incident, among others, have apparently been circling Hollywood for decades and Dreyfuss even addressed it in 2009. 

‘He put his face next to me, nose-to-nose, and he screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!’ the actor said at the time. 

‘There was no time to react because he leaned back and he took a modern glass-blown ashtray. He threw it at my face from [only a couple feet away]. And it weighed about three-quarters of a pound. And he missed me. He tried to hit me. I got up and left.’  

Dreyfuss had complained about Murray’s behavior toward ‘petite’ producer Laura Ziskin, who denied Murray the day off. In 2013, she revealed to the Los Angeles Times: ‘Bill … threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot.’ 

Ziskin has since died from breast cancer and the pair never worked together again. 

In 2000, Murray had a falling out with Charlie’s Angels costar Lucy Liu, 53. She claimed he ‘hurled insults’ at her and said ‘inexcusable and inacceptable’ things to her. 

Lui claimed on a 2021 Asian Enough podcast episode that the team had to rework a scene so Murry could attend a family gathering. 

‘As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and I won’t get into the specifics, but it kept going on and on. I was, like: “Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.”

‘Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it. So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it. Because no matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.’

He also reportedly 'hurled insults' at Charlie's Angel costar Lucy Liu (both middle) after a scene change. The scene had to change in order for Murray to attend a family gather and Liu claimed he insulting her over the decision. ''Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it,' she said

He also reportedly 'hurled insults' at Charlie's Angel costar Lucy Liu (both middle) after a scene change. The scene had to change in order for Murray to attend a family gather and Liu claimed he insulting her over the decision. ''Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it,' she said

He also reportedly ‘hurled insults’ at Charlie’s Angel costar Lucy Liu (both middle) after a scene change. The scene had to change in order for Murray to attend a family gather and Liu claimed he insulting her over the decision. ”Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it,’ she said 

Murray (left) also allegedly got into a physical altercation with SNL costar Chevy Chase (right) after they started insulting each other and Chase told him his face looked 'like something Neil Armstrong landed on'

Murray (left) also allegedly got into a physical altercation with SNL costar Chevy Chase (right) after they started insulting each other and Chase told him his face looked 'like something Neil Armstrong landed on'

Murray (left) also allegedly got into a physical altercation with SNL costar Chevy Chase (right) after they started insulting each other and Chase told him his face looked ‘like something Neil Armstrong landed on’

Murray defended his actions in The Times of London in 2009, stating: ‘Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me.’

The star also reportedly headbutted Charlie’s Angel’s director Joseph McGinty Nichol – known professionally as McG, ‘square on the head.’ 

‘An inch later and my nose would have been obliterated,’ he told the Guardian in 2009. 

Murray denied the claim, telling the Times: ‘That’s bulls**t! That’s complete crap! I don’t know why he made that story up. He has a very active imagination.’

The Ghostbusters star also famously got into an altercation on the SNL set in 1978 with Chevy Chase. 

The fight reportedly broke out have the pair started to throw insults at each other. Murray importantly told Chase to go have sex with his then-wife Jacqueline Carlin. Chase retorted Murray’s face look ‘like something Neil Armstrong landed on,’ according to the book Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. 

Searchlight tells cast and crew filming of Being Mortal will be PAUSED amid the Murray claims

A letter to the cast and crew, seen by Deadline, said: ‘We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update.

‘Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint, and we immediately looked into it.

‘After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.’

The statement added: ‘We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project.

‘Our hope is to resume production and are working with Aziz and Youree to figure out that timing.’ 

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It eventually turned physical in front of several costars, including Laraine Newman, who described it as a ‘very sad and painful and awful’ on What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2021. 

This isn’t Murray’s first fight on set, he reportedly got physical with director Harold Ramis on Groundhog Day. The director allegedly threw the actor against the wall during the dispute. Ramis’ daughter claimed Murray didn’t talk to the director for 20 years after the fight and that Ramis’ was ‘heartbroken.’ 

Murray also reportedly hurt The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou costar Anjelica Huston’s feelings after he didn’t invite her out to a dinner party during filming. 

‘The first week I was there [filming in Italy], we were all in this little hotel, and he invited the entire cast to go and have dinner, except me,’ she said in 2019. 

The 71-year-old actor had the complaint filed against him last week before Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogan’s Being Mortal was temporarily shelved, it was claimed.

The details of the allegations were not immediately clear but Searchlight Pictures said an investigation has been launched.

Searchlight temporarily stopped production on Monday after the allegations against Murray emerged – but today said it would halt indefinitely pending investigation.

A letter to the cast and crew, seen by Deadline, said: ‘We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update.

‘Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint, and we immediately looked into it.

‘After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.’

The statement added: ‘We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project.

‘Our hope is to resume production and are working with Aziz and Youree to figure out that timing.’

Being Mortal is an adaptation of the 2014 book by surgeon Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.

The movie, written by Aziz Ansari, was scheduled for release in 2023 but it is unclear how the suspension will impact this.

Source: dailymail

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