Variety has reported that Bill Murray dropped out of shooting Wes Anderson‘s Asteroid City after the actor had contracted COVID-19 days before filming began in September. His part was recast by Steve Carell. Murray had not been able to film any scenes for the movie, which marks the first time he will not star in an Anderson film after appearing in every single one since Rushmore.
However, others speculate that the actor has been sidelined from the project after filming on Aziz Ansari‘s Being Mortal abruptly stopped when the studio received a complaint on Murray’s on-set behavior.
The actor did share his side of the story, stating that “I did something I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way. The movie studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to check it all out and investigate it and so they stopped the production.
As of now we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other. We’re both professionals. We like each other’s work — we like each other, I think. If we can’t get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going further working together or making a movie… It’s been quite an education for me. I’ve been doing not much else but thinking about her for the last week or two.”