Cillian Murphy Nearly Replaced Leonardo DiCaprio in $836M Movie, Relegated Himself to Smaller Role Despite Christopher Nolan’s Insistence

Cillian Murphy Nearly Replaced Leonardo DiCaprio in $836M Movie, Relegated Himself to Smaller Role Despite Christopher Nolan's Insistence

Hollywood star Cillian Murphy is gearing up for the release of one his most significant and powerful roles as the titular protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The talented star has been one of Nolan’s go-to actors having featured in a number of the prolific director’s films like The Dark Knight and the complex sci-fi thriller Inception.

Cillian Murphy
Irish actor Cillian Murphy

Murphy who is known to invest a lot of time and research into portraying his characters, is also an actor who possesses a lot of integrity. The Batman Begins star proved his love for art and artists by taking an interesting decision in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

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Cillian Murphy Picked An Unusual Part In Inception

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Inception boasted of a glittering cast of Hollywood A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio,Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. When assembling the cast for the film, Nolan reportedly gave Cillian Murphy the luxury of reading the whole script and choosing the character he wanted to play. Despite the privilege offered and the opportunity for Murphy to choose any prominent role, the actor proved that he regarded art above all else by picking a role of much less significance because he felt it was the right character for him.

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy in Inception

The star chose to play Robert Michael Fischer who spends most part of the film being unconscious instead of picking one of the main roles. Through his honest and objective decision, Murphy staked his claim as a true cinephile and an actor with integrity.

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Cillian Murphy Heaps Praise On Oppenheimer And Christopher Nolan

In Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer in the biopic that charts the story of how the theoretical physicist developed the world’s first nuclear bombs that were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The Irish actor who will be seen in one of his most challenging roles yet, was effusive in his praise for the film and his director stating that it was the best script he had ever read.  Speaking of Nolan’s unique approach to tackling the character and the brief that was given to him, Murphy said,

“He wanted it to be solely from Oppenheimer’s perspective. And I think the film is sensational. As a person who loves films — I’m not saying it ’cos I’m in the f*****g thing, I hate looking at myself —  but as a lover of film, as a cinephile, I’m a Chris Nolan fan,”

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Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy went on to add that The Dark Knight director’s ability to integrate the audience into the narrative despite working with complex themes and powerful personalities, made him stand apart as an artist.

Oppenheimer will release worldwide on 21st July, 2023.

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Source: What Culture

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Written by Sharanya Sankar

Sharanya is a mom, bookworm, and cinephile. Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, writing is one of her passions. When she is not running behind her 11 and 9 year old, she spends her time watching and blogging about movies. She enjoys a range of genres from Indian mass entertainers to Hollywood and world cinema. Her interests also include analyzing pop culture in movies and music.