Geena Davis Recalls Horrific Encounter With Bill Murray: ‘I Felt So…
Jan 24th, 2023
Geena Davis is a well-known actress, producer, and advocate for gender equality in the entertainment industry. She has had a successful career in Hollywood, starring in films such as “Thelma & Louise,” “A League of Their Own,” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight. ” However, not all of her experiences in the industry have been positive.
In her memoir, “Dying of Politeness,” she reflects on some of the challenges she has faced throughout her career, including a particularly terrible experience working with Bill Murray.
While speaking on the On With Kara Swisher podcast, Geena shared that Bill was verbally abusive to her on the set of Quick Change. She explained that on the first day of shooting, there was a huge scene being filmed on an intersection in Manhattan with hundreds of extras and a large crew. The costume department asked her to wait in her trailer for a moment before heading to set, and she asked the AD if that was okay.
The AD said it was fine, but then Bill came bursting into her trailer.
“Seconds later, Bill Murray – in a full clown costume, by the way – slams into the trailer with rage coming out of his eyeballs and starts screaming at me and swearing at me, ‘Get the [expletive] out there! What the [expletive] are you doing? Move! Move!'” she said.
This experience was not only shocking and upsetting for Geena, but it also set a negative tone for the entire shoot. It’s not uncommon for actors to have conflicts or disagreements on set, but the level of verbal abuse that Geena described is completely unacceptable. It’s unfortunate that this type of behavior still exists in the industry, and it’s even more disappointing that it came from someone as well-respected as Bill Murray.
Geena’s memoir highlights the importance of speaking out about these types of experiences and holding people accountable for their actions. The entertainment industry has long been plagued by stories of abuse and harassment, and it’s crucial that we continue to have these conversations and work towards creating a safer and more equitable environment for everyone involved.
Geena’s story is a reminder that even successful and respected individuals in the industry can be perpetrators of abuse, and that it’s important to believe and support survivors when they come forward. It’s a call to action to create a culture where everyone can feel safe and respected, regardless of their gender, race, or background. It’s time for the industry to listen and make real change.