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Lucy Liu reveals a dispute she had with Bill Murray on the set of 'Charlie's Angels': 'I was not going to sit there and take it'

INSIDER logo INSIDER 7/28/2021 jguerrasio@insider.com (Jason Guerrasio)
a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: (L-R) Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz in "Charlie's Angels." Sony © Sony (L-R) Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz in "Charlie's Angels." Sony
  • Lucy Liu opened up about an incident with Bill Murray while making "Charlie's Angeles."
  • While rehearsing a scene, Liu said Murray was directing insults at her.
  • "It was unjust and it was uncalled for," she said.
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Lucy Liu has opened up about an on-set argument she had with Bill Murray on the set of the 2000 movie "Charlie's Angels."

While a guest on the "Asian Enough" podcast, Liu spoke about the moment she said she had to stand up for herself when she felt the comedy legend was directing insults at her.

The actress said it happened during a scene rehearsal that Murray was not initially due to attend. But Murray did end up coming to set, and Liu said he began to "hurl insults" and "kept going on and on."

"I was, like, 'Wow, he seems like he's looking straight at me,'" Liu recalled. "I couldn't believe that it could be towards me, because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time?"

Lucy Liu, Bill Murray posing for the camera: Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. Getty © Provided by INSIDER Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. Getty

Soon she said she realized his insults were directed at her and it became a "one-on-one communication."


Video: Lucy Liu Opens Up About Argument With Bill Murray on 'Charlie’s Angels' Set | THR News (The Hollywood Reporter)

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"It was unjust and it was uncalled for," Liu said, though not going into details on what sparked the incident. "Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I 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 on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there's no need to condescend or to put other people down," she continued. "And I would not stand down, and nor should I have and nor did I."

Representatives for Murray did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

In the movie, Liu starred alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz as private detectives who work for an unseen millionaire named Charlie Townsend. It's based on the classic late 1970s TV series of the same name. Murray co-starred as John Bosley, who is Charlie's assistant that works directly with the ladies.

Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu standing in the grass: "Charlie's Angels Sony Pictures Releasing © Sony Pictures Releasing "Charlie's Angels Sony Pictures Releasing

Murray didn't return for the sequel, 2003's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," being replaced by Bernie Mac.

Despite the confrontation, Liu said on the podcast that she's spoken to Murray since and that she has nothing against the actor.

"He came up to me and was perfectly nice," Liu said when seeing Murray at a "Saturday Night Live" reunion. "But I'm not going to sit there and be attacked."

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