Geena Davis says she had a ‘bad’ audition with Quick Change costar Bill Murray before he yelled at her

Geena Davis has detailed her unpleasant experiences working with Bill Murray in their 1990 crime comedy Quick Change in her new memoir Dying Of Politeness.

The 66-year-old acting icon revealed on Friday that The Times of London how Murray allegedly created an uncomfortable atmosphere during her audition for the film, which he starred in and also directed with Howard Franklin.

According to her, Murray, 72, also screamed at her in front of ‘hundreds’ of people on set for allegedly being late, although she says she was merely delayed by the wardrobe department.

Bad time: Geena Davids, 66, wrote in her memoir Dying Of Politeness about her terrible experiences working with Bill Murray on their 1990 crime comedy Quick Change;  seen in 2019 in LA

Bad time: Geena Davids, 66, wrote in her memoir Dying Of Politeness about her terrible experiences working with Bill Murray on their 1990 crime comedy Quick Change; seen in 2019 in LA

According to a Times summary, ‘[Davis is] introduced to [Murray]she writes, in a hotel suite where Murray greets her with something called The Thumper, a massage device he insists on using on her, despite her emphatically refusing.’

The troubling encounter was followed by a more humiliating incident when the Royal Tenenbaums actor allegedly lost his temper while filming Quick Change.

‘Later, while filming on location, Murray tracks Davis down in her trailer and starts screaming at her for being late (she’s waiting for her wardrobe), continues to scream at her as she rushes onto the set, and even when she gets there, in front of hundreds of cast, crew, curious passers-by,’ the publication added.

“It was bad,” Davis said of her audition with Murray, reflecting on how she could have handled the incident differently.

Rough time: She wrote that Murray – who also co-directed the film – used a massager on her against her will during her audition, and he later screamed at her in front of 'hundreds' of people on set for allegedly being late;  still from Quick Change

Rough time: She wrote that Murray – who also co-directed the film – used a massager on her against her will during her audition, and he later screamed at her in front of ‘hundreds’ of people on set for allegedly being late; still from Quick Change

Unacceptable: 'The way he behaved at the first meeting... I should have walked out or deeply defended myself,' she told The Times of London, before admitting she was victim-blamed;  seen September 12 in LA

Unacceptable: ‘The way he behaved at the first meeting… I should have walked out or deeply defended myself,’ she told The Times of London, before admitting she was victim-blamed; seen September 12 in LA

‘The way he acted at the first meeting… I should have walked out or defended myself deeply, in which case I wouldn’t have got the part. I could have avoided that treatment if I had known how to react or what to do during the audition. But you know, I was so non-confrontational that I just didn’t…’ she said.

However, she admitted that her words could be construed as victim blaming when it was pointed out to her.

‘Huh. Point taken. It’s no use regretting things, and yet here I was regretting. And yes, exactly, it wasn’t my fault, she said.

So far, Murray has not publicly responded to Davis’ remarks, either in the interview or in her book.

A pattern: Last year, actress Lucy Liu also described the verbal abuse Murray allegedly hurled at her while they worked together on the action comedy Charlie's Angels;  seen in July 2021 in Cannes, France

A pattern: Last year, actress Lucy Liu also described the verbal abuse Murray allegedly hurled at her while they worked together on the action comedy Charlie’s Angels; seen in July 2021 in Cannes, France

Last year, actress Lucy Liu also described the verbal abuse Murray allegedly hurled at her while they were working together on the action comedy Charlie’s Angels.

“While we’re doing the scene, Bill starts hurling insults, and I don’t want to get into the details, but it went on and on,” she described on Asian enough podcast.

The film and TV star, who called the former Saturday Night Live star’s insult ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unforgivable’, added that she 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 you are on the totem pole or where you came from, there is no need to patronize or put other people down. And I didn’t want to stand down, nor should I have, she added defiantly.

Murray’s alleged behavior on set appears to have jeopardized the fate of his upcoming film Being Mortal.

On hold: In April 2021, his film Being Mortal was suspended due to a complaint about his alleged inappropriate behavior.  He stars with director Aziz Ansar, Seth Rogen and Keke Palmer;  Murray, Randy Quaid and Davis seen in Quick Change

On hold: In April 2021, his film Being Mortal was suspended due to a complaint about his alleged inappropriate behavior. He stars with director Aziz Ansar, Seth Rogen and Keke Palmer; Murray, Randy Quaid and Davis seen in Quick Change

In April 2021, Searchlight Pictures suspended production on the film, which was directed by Aziz Ansari, due to complaints about Murray’s inappropriate behavior on set, although no details were given about what he had allegedly done or who was involved .

The film is reportedly still on hiatus, and it’s unclear if it will ever be finished at this point.

The film, which also stars Ansari, Keke Palmer and Seth Rogen, was shopped around for a potential new buyer at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but it doesn’t appear to have found a new studio, according to Rolling stones.

“I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way,” Murray said while speaking to CNBC later in April.

Changes: He added that the experience has been 'quite an education for me', before noting that 'the world is different than it was when I was a little kid';  seen in February at Pebble Beach

Changes: He added that the experience has been ‘quite an education for me’, before noting that ‘the world is different than it was when I was a little kid’; seen in February at Pebble Beach

“The company, the movie studio, wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check it all out, investigate it. and then they stopped production,’ he explained. ‘

But right now we are talking and trying to make peace with each other. I think that’s where the real problem is, between our peace. We are both professionals. We like each other’s work. We like each other, I think, and if you can’t really get out of it and trust each other, there’s no point in continuing to work together or even make a film’.

He added that the experience has been ‘quite an education for me’, before noting that ‘the world is different than it was when I was a little kid.’

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