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)

  • Kevin J

    First, This is not Patrick Stewart or Bob Hoskins doing Shakespeare or Ibsen. It is a Hollywood Movie made for the enjoyment of the audience with critics a distant consideration. As a friend of mine once said, “I don’t care if the movie had any socially redeeming value, I liked it.” I don’t doubt that Bill Murray is a better actor than Lucy Lu. Mr. Bill Murray should not doubt that she is much more pleasant to look at than he is. I might laugh at his genius, but I smile inside and out when I see Lucy on the screen.

    Get over yourself Bill. Not much more than 100 years ago actors were considered part of the lowest level of the Western society’s social hierarchy, along with pimps, street prostitutes, beggars, thieves, and gypsies. Or, has film rewritten this historical truth as well?

  • Louis

    He’s Bill Murray! He is a true veteran of film. I personally don’t see what the big deal is. I’m a pre-med student and I worked last summer with doctors in a hospital setting. When I messed up or wasn’t to the performance of their liking, they cursed at me and told me to stop BS around. I became a stronger and much more efficient person because of that. Lucy Liu hadn’t been in anything substantial prior to Charlie’s Angels (Barrymore and Diaz had!), Murray was trying to toughen her up, yet she reacted in the most childlike way possible. Overall, I would liken this to Gene Kelly yelling at Debbie Reynolds to get her act together in “Singing in the Rain”, except Debbie Reynolds actually put effort after each chiding, and through her extra effort, made the film a classic!

  • Madi

    Ok. I understand that you have the freedom to say want you want, but I personally thought the second movie was a little better then the first one.

  • Seen it all before.

  • Jamson

    Obviously Bill marray thinks he’s holier than thou.

  • Debi

    I was just watching the first movie on netflix and wondered why he did not do the second, thanks for the scoop! Silly way to react to someone being snarky, better to ignore it, one up them verbally or thank them for their comment sincerely and make them the flaming turd. Of course coming to blows from her end is just an incident, no doubt if it was reversed Murray would have been tossed in jail.

  • latam

    oh and kill bill

  • latam

    well bill murray sounds like a douche. There is no reason for anyone to be outright rude to somebody’s face. Who does he think he is to pass judgement on the three of them as if he is some kind of higher being, ego problem, he deserved to get punched. As for Lucy Liu I think she was really good in Ally mcbeal and in the film “3 needles”