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

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)

  • Stephanie Liza

    Who’s Bill Murray again? Let’s face it he’s had some forgetful performances as well. Lucy Liu can act. Old Murray was probably more off put by her ethnicity than her acting. You know, kind of like when you’ve never been around someone or know too much of a certain “race” and then you meet them in the flesh and it’s like you’re meeting an alien from outer space. Akward Murray just ripped her a new $&@%# because he’s not used to her “kind”.

  • Wolfsbane

    What I really want is for them to release an edition with extra footage of Bill Murray and Lucy Liu going at each other.

    That would be entertaining.

  • Hobo

    I like Murray’s roles, but, damn, I guess he’s just a dick in reality.

  • adfsf

    You do realise those are roles she plays and lucy can act I don’t know about you but people who rise to fame have both talent and gusto with determination and sorry but no offence but most of Bill Murray’s role are off putting for young children even sometimes ghostbusters. =( God some people are so stupid.

  • da90027

    Drew waas NO CHARLIE’s ANGEL…she is not qualified to lick Jacklyn Smith’s feet. Lucy is a bitch and can’t act. Bill was just being honest

  • Carmichael

    Lucy Liu can’t act. I finally realized that’s why I am so put off by her character, Joan Watson, on Elementary. I’ve stopped watching the show with regularity because I just don’t want to watch her. I do love her in Kill Bill though — not much acting required there, I guess.

  • F’mal DeHyde

    He insulted Drew Barrymore as well, insinuating that she’s only there because she’s the producer.

    • Wolfsbane

      Isn’t that why you produce movies? So you don’t have to wait around hoping for a role in someone’s movie?

  • Bill is absolutely right. Lucy Liu cannot act. She’s so damn robotic. Any emotion she expresses seems contrived. Watching her on Sherlock show is painful.

  • LisaLorenzini

    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!!!!