Lucy Liu is speaking out about her ten-year-old incident with Bill Murray on the set of Charlie’s Angels.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ Asian Enough podcast, the veteran actress recalled the conflict, which recently came to light and has thus gone viral due to a tweet from a production assistant.
The quarrel began after a scene from the film was altered without Murray’s knowledge, according to her memory. In the interview, she described that while filming the scene, the Groundhog Day actor started hurling insults at her.
“I won’t get into the specifics, but it kept going on and on. I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me,'” said Liu. At the time was trying to get her foot in Hollywood’s door.
When she asked Murray bluntly if he was referring to her, she realized he was “because then it started to become a one-on-one communication.”
The Kill Bill star went on to describe Murray’s language as “inexcusable and unacceptable.”
“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 said. “And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.”
Lucy Liu Sheds Light on Bill Murray Squabble
Although Liu noted that she’s since worked the Lost in Translation star throughout the years and has had cordial conversations, she doesn’t regret standing up for herself.” As Liu recalled, she wasn’t going to let Murray attack her.
She also opened up about a story from her childhood when a clerk berated her mother because she couldn’t speak English.
“I don’t know if it goes back to what happened to my mom in the store. I don’t want to be that person that is not going to speak up for myself and stand by the only thing that I have, which is my dignity and self-respect.”
As for Bill Murray, in 2009, Bill Murray revealed his side of the story to the Times of London, saying, “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me… When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.”
Liu recalled seeing the story coming out in the press when the incident initially happened and remembered feeling villainized.
“I didn’t understand how it got flipped when I had nothing to do with instigating it or creating that platform of confrontation or anxiety,” she admitted.
She added that the implications stayed with her throughout the years as she moved up in her career. “So even though it’s been decades, it’s something that obviously I remember very intimately and have not forgotten.”