Geena Davis talks about another awkward experience she had with Bill Murray in a 1990s appearance on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” which can be viewed online.
During an interview with I-Magazine, the 66-year-old actress was asked about a joint appearance she and the 72-year-old actor made on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” in which Murray repeatedly patted Davis’s arm and tried to pulls down the strap of her dress.
“Oh, did you see?” She answered. “Isn’t it impressive? It’s horrible.”
In her new memoir “Dying of Politeness,” Davis alleged that Murray had behaved inappropriately toward her when the two co-starred in the 1990 crime comedy “Quick Change.”
GEENA DAVIS CALLS OUT BILL MURRAY FOR BEHAVIOR WITH MASSAGE DEVICE: ‘I SAID NO MULTIPLE TIMES’
She recalled her first meeting with Murray, in which she described how he “insisted” on using a massage device he called “The Thumper” on her despite her repeated refusals.
During his 1990 interview on “The Arsenio Hall Show”, Hall asked Murray and Davis about their audition.
“It was a lot like this, actually,” Davis said as Murray patted her shoulder and lowered the strap of her dress.
“Seriously, did he touch you a lot at the audition?” Hall asked.
“Yes,” she replied, to which Hall responded, “Are you serious?”
“No, I swear,” Davis said. “The first thing he did was pull my shirt out of my pants and start tickling my stomach.”
“Is this a story you want to tell?” Hall asked.
“I’m not sure, can we go back?” Davis said with a laugh.
“Jeff is watching, he may not like it,” Hall said, referring to Davis’s then-husband, Jeff Goldblum.
“It’s all good with Jeff,” Murray said as he rubbed Davis’s arm. “What we have is so strong. Jeff understands that.”
Murray, who directed “Quick Change,” told Hall that he didn’t immediately know Davis was right for the role, as he wanted her to play him “rougher” and “tougher.”
Davis said that when he returned for the second audition, Murray “had just bought this massage.”
“It’s called Thumper,” Murray said as the audience laughed and cheered.
“It is endorsed by doctors,” he added.
“So he pulls this Thumper thing out and says, ‘You should try this, I’m going to rub your back with this thing,’ and I’m thinking, ‘No way,'” Davis said.
“I’m like, this is part of how I’m going to be tough, there’s no way in hell I’m going to let him touch me with this thing.”
She continued, “And, you know, cut off five minutes later, and I’m lying on the couch, and he’s [using the massage device] on my back with this thing.
“I wasn’t harsh,” she said. “But then they changed their minds or something.”
“We turned all the cards over and said, ‘Well, that’s it, and she’s relaxed now too,'” Murray said as the audience laughed.
“I forgot about that,” Davis told I-Magazine. “Telling it that way, just as a humorous anecdote, I must have thought, ‘Well, ultimately it’s funny or it’s a good story,’ when it was actually so devastating.”
Davis told the outlet that she used to feel “embarrassed” about interactions like the one she had with Murray and blamed herself for how she reacted.
“I don’t feel like that anymore,” he said. “I really, really acknowledge that it wasn’t my fault.”
In a recent interview with The Times, Davis described Murray’s “bad” behavior during his audition.
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“That was wrong,” Davis said. “The way he behaved at the first meeting… I should have left or defended myself deeply, in which case I wouldn’t have gotten the part.”
Davis also recounted a case in which he said the “Groundhog Day” star yelled at him on the set of the movie in front of “over 300 people.”
Days after Davis first went public with his allegations, Rob Schneider and Seth Green shared their own unpleasant experiences with Murray.
Schneider claimed Murray “absolutely hated” the cast of “Saturday Night Live” when he guest-hosted the sketch comedy series in the ’90s. He said the “Lost in Translation” star particularly “hated” Adam Sandler. and Chris Farley.
Green recalled an incident in which he said Murray hung him by the ankles and threw him into a trash can on the set of “SNL” in 1981 when Green was nine years old.
Murray’s representatives did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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