Lucy Liu has opened up about her confrontation with co-star Bill Murray on the set of Charlie's Angels after he hurled "inexcusable" insults at her.
Liu worked alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz as part of the crime-fighting trio in the 2000 hit blockbuster, which also starred Murray as the girls' confidant, Bosley.
And while the film might have seemed like a lot of fun to be a part of, reports of a feud between Liu and Murray quickly rose to the surface, with an account of their fight even going viral on Twitter at the start of this month.
if i didnt believe lucy liu was from queens before, i sure do now after hearing she literally started throwing hands at bill murray after he stopped in the middle of a take while filming charlie's angels just to tell her she cant act 😩 like first of all she carried that film!! pic.twitter.com/QVyWa5XynK
— knx (@knoxdotmp3) July 9, 2021
Liu finally shared her side of the story this week, speaking on the Los Angeles Times podcast Asian Enough, confirming that Murray "hurled insults" at her after he got frustrated during a scene.
"We had taken the weekend to rework that particular scene and Bill Murray was not able to come because he had to attend some family gathering," she explained. "So it was everyone else, and we just made the scene more fluid."
When the filming started, Liu said, Murray started "to sort of hurl insults" her way and "kept going on and on." She said the verbal abuse caught her off guard, as Liu had the "least amount of privilege, in terms of creatively participating" in the film.
"I was, like, 'Wow, he seems like he's looking straight at me.' I couldn't believe that it could be towards me, because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time?" Liu said. "I say, 'I'm so sorry. Are you talking to me?' ― and clearly he was because then it started to become a one-on-one communication."
"If you confront me I will attack and that's exactly what happened because it was unjust and it was uncalled for," she added.
Liu remembers the moment "very intimately," but didn't talk about what he specifically said to her, just that his language was "inexcusable and unacceptable."
"I stood up for myself, and I don't regret it," she said. "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."
Sadly, even though the crew witnessed it all, the press "automatically thought that the woman was the difficult one," as news stories were quick to paint her in a negative light.
However, she doesn't hold a grudge against the comedian: "I have nothing against Bill Murray at all. I've seen him since then at an SNL reunion, and he came up to me and was perfectly nice," she said. "But I'm not going to sit there and be attacked."
Thankfully, Liu has managed to stay close to both Barrymore and Diaz over the years.