Drew Barrymore weighs in on Lucy Liu and Bill Murray's clash.
by Ana Walia | Wed, 06 Oct 2021 22:31:27 GMT
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During an interview with the Los Angeles Times' Asian Enough podcast in July, Lucy Liu revealed that Bill Murray began to 'hurl slurs' at her on set during the filming of 'Charlie's Angels' in 2000 and that it 'continued going and on.' "It was unjust and uncalled-for," Lucy said, recalling the events from her iconic film, Charlie's Angels’ star said, “I wasn't going to sit there and take it because some language was outrageous and inappropriate. So, sure, I advocated for myself, and I have no regrets."

Lucy Liu stated that she has no animosity against the actor, and the two have seen each other since a Saturday Night Live reunion, but she added that, while things are currently nice, she will not sit by and be insulted by anyone. "I'm not going to speak up for myself and stick by the one thing I have, which is my dignity and self-respect at the end of the day," the fiery actress stated.

Despite the fact that Lucy did not go into great detail about the incident, it appeared that the actress was not going to take any insults lying down. However, there is a long-running story on the set of "Charlie's Angels" that Murray referred to Liu as "a television actress." On the contrary, Lucy Liu is currently regarded as one of the industry's most iconic figures, and her bravery to speak up for herself should be applauded.

A still from 'Charlie's Angels.' Image Source: POPSUGAR

Drew Barrymore, Lucy's co-star, actor, producer, director, and now host, is standing up for her pal. The actress spoke with Ross Matthews and Danny Pellegrino, presenter of ‘The Everything Iconic’ podcast, on her show, "The Drew Barrymore Show." When asked about the incident, she replied, “Bill was just in a — you know comedians can be a little dark sometimes — and he just came in a bad mood and what you have to know is how much Lucy stood up for herself, and that was the great thing that came out of an unfortunate circumstance. She literally said, 'I do not accept that kind of behavior from you.' And we all supported her and backed her up, and we moved forward."

Drew was then questioned if Bill Murray's behavior was intended towards Lucy or everyone on set, and he said it was general at first, but then he focused on her. The actress added, "Backing up her angel,  “In the workplace, it is so important that we respect each other, and if you don't feel you are being respected, to speak up for yourself and to have people around you say, 'I back this person.' I respected her then; I respect her now. I am proud of us as a team and a company that we didn't tiptoe on the eggshells. We dealt with it right then and there, we were strong, and we moved forward, and we didn't accept anything less moving forward."

Lucy Liu received a star at 'Walk of Fame' in 2019. Image Source: Global Edition China Daily 

"I love that Lucy stated she was an action hero in the movie," Ross Matthews, a frequent guest on Drew's talk show, added. "I feel like she was a superhero in real life." "I made this whole movie and gave it to her to back her up, and she was like, 'Nah, I don't need it,'" Drew continued.

The actress invited her friends of two decades on the first episode of her show and couldn't control her happiness and excitement. She said, "The thing I love about our friendship is that we have been through in all the big and important moments. The reason we are such good friends is because it’s real. And we go through real stuff with each other.” She lastly added that she carries both of them in her heart and all three friends were in praises of each other. 

Murray claimed in a 2009 interview that his behavior was a reaction to Liu's attitude when asked about the feud. "Look, if you're unprofessional and working with me, I'm going to fire you," he told the Times of London. "Forget it when our relationship is professional, and you aren't getting that done."