Geena Davis made her first appearance since calling out Bill Murray and describing his allegedly inappropriate behavior on the set of her 1990 film Quick Change.
The 66-year-old actress appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, where she described how she strategically wanted to become a model to pursue an acting career.
The appearance came just as it was alleged Murray, 72, paid a staffer $100,000 after he kissed and spread her on set, which led to the film being canned.
Geena, who is promoting her new memoir Dying Of Politeness, described on the talk show how she got into the acting industry by first becoming a model.
Geena saw models like Christie Brinkley and Lauren Hutton succeed on the big screen after first making their names as models and decided to follow the same path.
Her strategy finally worked when she landed a role in Tootsie after casting contacted her modeling agency.
“At that time, movies were coming out that Christie Brinkley was in, and Lauren Hutton and I were like, ‘Ahh, so if you become a model, they just put you in movies.’
Discussing her first role in Tootsie, she said, “Yeah, so in a couple of scenes the character is in her underwear, so they were like, ‘Let’s see if modeling agencies have models who can act.’
“And so they called my agency and said, ‘Yes, we have one.’ And I went to the audition and they said, “Wear a bathing suit under your clothes… if you’re a good reader, they want to see you in your bathing suit and take a picture.”
Initially, Geena believed she lost the role after they failed to ask to see her in a bathing suit.
“And I did, and I read, and they didn’t say, ‘Can we see you in your bathing suit?’ And I said, “Well, obviously I’m not going to get cast in the first movie I audition for.”
However, it turns out that the director was actually interested in Geena, who had flown to Paris at the time.
“But I was going to Paris for the runway shows when the director was like, ‘Wait, I like your video, where’s your bathing suit?’ “Oh, she’s not here.” “Well, do you have pictures of her in a bathing suit?”
Thankfully, since Geena was already a model, she already had photos of her in lingerie.
The appearance came after Geena described her uncomfortable experiences working with Bill Murray on her 1990 crime comedy Quick Change in her memoir Dying Of Politeness.
The acting icon revealed to the Times of London on Friday how Murray allegedly created an awkward atmosphere during her audition for the film he starred in and which he also co-directed with Howard Franklin.
According to her, Murray, 72, also yelled at her in front of “hundreds” of people on set for allegedly being late, although she says she was only stopped by the wardrobe department.
According to a summary of the Times “[Davis is] presented [Murray]she writes, in a hotel suite, where Murray greets her with something called “The Thumper,” a massage device that he insists on using, though she specifically refuses.”
The troubling encounter was followed by an even more humiliating incident when the Royal Tenenbaums actor allegedly lost his temper while filming Quick Change.
“Later, while they are filming on location, Murray tracks Davis down to her trailer and starts yelling at her for being late (she’s waiting for her dressing room), keeps yelling at her as she rushes onto the set and even, as she gets there, in front of hundreds of cast members, crew members and curious bystanders,” the publication added.
“That was bad,” Davis said of her audition with Murray as she reflected on how she could have handled the incident differently.
“The way he acted the first time we met… I would have walked away from it or defended myself deeply, in which case I wouldn’t have gotten the part. I could have avoided this treatment if I had known how to react or what to do during the audition. But you know, I was so unconfrontational that I just didn’t…” she said.
However, she acknowledged that her words could be construed as victim accusation if pointed out.
‘Ha. point taken. There’s no point in regretting things, and yet here I regretted. And yeah, right, it wasn’t my fault,” she said.