Charlie’s Angels is a beloved series that has seen its fair share of on-screen incarnations spanning over four decades. Perhaps one of the most beloved versions was the movie that hit theaters back in 2000 and starred Bill Murray, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore who at the time were (and still are) some of Hollywood’s most notable icons. However, Deadline recently reported that Lucy Liu opened up on a recent episode of the LA Times podcast Asian Enough, about an incident that happened on set involving her and her co-star Bill Murray.
Lucy Liu shared with the hosts (Jen Yamato, Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown, Suhauna Hussain) that the altercation happened with Bill Murray as a result of a reworked scene that took place in his absence. You can listen to the podcast here. She revealed that Bill Murray targeted her out of everyone present on the set and blamed her for the changes that happened to the scene. Even though, Liu iterated that, “I was the last one cast, and I probably had the least amount of privilege, in terms of creatively participating at that time.”
Lucy Lui went on to explain that she didn’t back down when Murray started to throw an array of inflammatory words directly at her. Lucy Liu didn’t go into explicit detail as to how she stood up for herself amongst Bill Murray’s antagonistic and hurtful words, but she did say that she was approached by others after the fact who had watched the entire incident happen and that they expressed their gratitude and pride for what she did and how she handled herself.
It was also highlighted in Entertainment Weekly that Lucy Liu not only revealed a personal story that happened between her and Bill Murray but in doing so she shared the message that everyone, no matter where you are perceived to be positioned within a certain hierarchy, deserves to be treated with respect. When one exercises their human right to be treated with dignity, that those actions do not go unnoticed by others watching. In a sense, by using your voice you are giving other people a voice, too.
Even though Lucy Liu’s recollections of Bill Murray on the set of Charlie’s Angels are, to put it lightly, less than stellar, overall, Lucy Liu’s experience with the film was largely positive and was certainly one of the major catalysts that catapulted her career forward. In fact, according to the LA times, because of the exposure and notoriety that she received from the movie, she became the very first person of Asian descent to host Saturday Night Live back in 2000. She was only the second Asian woman in the history of Hollywood to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Even, today at 52-years-old, her career has not slowed down. Amongst other projects, she is set to star alongside Hollywood legend, Helen Mirren in the much anticipated Shazam! Fury of the Gods and it was revealed just three days ago that she’ll also be working alongside Djimon Hounsou on the same film, which is scheduled to release in June of 2023.