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June 30, 2008

The Real Reason Bill Murray Didn’t Do Charlie’s Angels 2

— Posted by John Campea

Murray-LuiI still feel stupid about it, but the first Charlie’s Angels movie actually caught me by surprise. I enjoyed it, I thought it was fun, lighthearted and Crispin Glover rocked in it. Now, everyone knows that the sequel completely sucked, so it’s for the best that Bill Murray wasn’t there to reprise his role as Bosley. I’ve heard several explanations gives for why he wasn’t there… but while surfing around the web this evening I came across this:

Bill Murray and Lucy Liu didn’t get along on the set of the first Charlie’s Angels. Bill was always uncomfortable around her and nobody knew why until one day a huge fight erupted between the two while they were filming a scene. People Magazine reported the Bill ‘loudly complained about her technique.’ People was being gentle.

What actually transpired was much more intense. Bill Murray stopped a scene in progress and pointed to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu saying in order, “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent….but what in the hell are you doing here. You can’t act!” At that, Liu blew her lid and attacked Murray, wildly throwing punches. The actors had to be separated to opposite corners of the room while they lobbed verbal hand grenades at each other.

With a Columbia Pictures gun to their heads, both actors would publicly downplay in incident but insiders know better. Bill Murray would not do any sequel with Liu attached and was subsequently replaced by Bernie Mac.

HAHA! Ok, I love Bill Murray to the point of man crush… but that really was a son-of-a-bitch thing to say to a person you’re there working with. And you gotta admire the balls Lucy Lui has to not take shit from anyone… including the immortal Bill Murray… and will take swings at any mother fucker bitching her in front of her co-workers.

Still… Murray is hilarious. (source: Derober)

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44 thoughts on “The Real Reason Bill Murray Didn’t Do Charlie’s Angels 2

  1. Pezzo di m****a sì! Giuro che non guarderò mai più un film con Bill Murray! E poi Lucy Liu è talentuosa, bella e davvero brillante in questo film e in tanti altri! E dire una cosa del genere durante una produzione e nei confronti di una collega poi.. significa non avere alcun rispetto! Razzista, vecchiaccio, presuntuoso e faccione insulso!!!!

  2. Damn, I didn't know about that. Now I get why he wasn't in the sequel, however he made a cameo in the movie with a picture of him in a scene with Bosley (Bernie Mac) and his mom…which was weird and confusing when I 1st saw it. Even though this sounds crazy for Bill to pull that type of chaos with the actresses. But still, it's Bill Murray, the man of Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. I love the guy, we all do.

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