Geena Davis Says Bill Murray Pulling Down Dress Strap Was Devastating


  • Geena Davis recalled an uncomfortable interaction with Bill Murray in 1990. 
  • Davis discussed a joint appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” where Murray pulled down her dress strap.
  • She recounted other experiences with Murray in her new memoir, “Dying of Politeness.” 

Geena Davis recalled an “awful” TV interview with Bill Murray when he pulled down her dress strap on air.

Davis reflected on the incident with British outlet i and her new memoir, “Dying of Politeness,” which hit shelves on October 11. Davis, 66, worked with Murray, 72, in 1990 while filming the crime comedy “Quick Change.” The two appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” to promote the film that year, but Davis told the outlet the interview made her uncomfortable. 

“Oh you saw? Isn’t it stunning?” Davis told the outlet, before calling the moment “awful.”

A clip from the interview showed Murray stroking Davis’ arms and, at one point, pulling down her dress strap as she talked to Hall about her audition process. 

“He touched you a lot in the audition?” Hall asked Davis during the interview, referring to Murray. 

“Yeah, I swear. The first thing he did was take my shirt out of my pants and start tickling my stomach,” she responded, smiling as the audience laughed. 

Bill Murray attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

Bill Murray attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.

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Davis told the outlet that although she laughed off the incident at the time, it was ultimately “devastating.” 

“I forgot that. Telling it that way, just as a humorous anecdote, I must have thought, ‘Well, it’s ultimately funny, or makes a good story,’ when in fact it was so devastating,” Davis said. 

Representatives for Murray did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The outlet reported that Davis also spoke about the audition in her memoir, noting that it took Davis “decades” to process how Murray treated her at that time. Davis wrote that when she went to Murray’s hotel suit to audition, he used a massage device he called “The Thumper” on her despite her saying no.

“I said no multiple times, but he wouldn’t relent,” she writes. “I realized with a profound sadness that I didn’t yet have the ability to withstand this onslaught – or to simply walk out,” she wrote. 

Geena Davis at Academy Theater in Beverly Hills in December 1990.

Geena Davis in December 1990.

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According to the memoir, Murray also acted inappropriately toward her while filming on set. Murray wrote that Murray “came raging into the trailer, violently banging on the door” and screamed at her. 

Earlier this month, actor Seth Green shared a tense experience with Murray when he was nine during a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Green said Murray dropped him into a trash can because he wouldn’t move from his seat on a couch, but was later comforted by “SNL” stars Eddie Murphy and Tim Kazurinsky. 

“They were like, ‘Hey, everybody knows Bill’s a dick,” Greens said, referring to Murphy and Kazurinsky. “He’s hosting the show. He’s probably really nervous about it. You be a pro. The show must go on.”

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