Controversy Corner: Bill Murray Vs Lucy Liu On Charlie’s Angels (2000)

July 17, 2016
He’s in amongst the action in this week’s Ghostbusters, and Bill Murray was also in amongst the action on the set of 2000’s Charlie’s Angels, where he went toe-to-toe and head-to-head with co-star, Lucy Liu.

When comic firebrand, Bill Murray, opted not to return in the role of Bosley for the action-comedy sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (he was replaced by the late Bernie Mac) speculation sizzled about the reasons why. 2000’s Charlie’s Angels had been a hit, and Murray’s on-screen chemistry with the film’s leading ladies, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, bubbled with charm and energy. The reason for the actor’s departure was soon located by media consensus at the feet of Lucy Liu, with whom Murray reportedly had a violent on-set argument. Both actors have since tried to hose down the alleged hostility. “We began rehearsing this scene,” Murray has said, “and I asked, ‘Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy.’ She got furious with me because she thought that it was a personal assault, but the reality is that she hated these lines as much as I did. But for twenty minutes there, we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky rockets at each other. But we made peace, and I got to know her better from that day, and I feel very warmly for her now.” Lucy Liu, meanwhile, has been equally magnanimous, if a little more icy. “There’s nothing to talk about,” the actress told The LA Times in 2012. “Bill Murray’s incredibly talented, and I think that he has a very creative life. It’s okay for people to have opinions. It’s a discussion. Everyone has an opinion about something. Maybe you don’t agree, but it doesn’t mean that it was anything more than that.”

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