“I never anticipated using the word bro”: Cillian Murphy’s Most Important Bromance is Not with Jamie Dornan but Another Hollywood Legend

Despite initial admiration for Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy found a deeper connection with Christopher Nolan.

"I never anticipated using the word bro": Cillian Murphy's Most Important Bromance is Not with Jamie Dornan but Another Hollywood Legend


  • Cillian Murphy's true bromance blossomed with Christopher Nolan, not fellow Irish actor Jamie Dornan.
  • The bond between Murphy and Nolan began in 2005 during "Batman Begins" and evolved into a genuine friendship.
  • Nolan and Murphy's enduring collaboration spans six films, marking cinematic excellence.
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Some bonds develop unexpectedly, transcending the limits of professional collaborations. For Irish actor Cillian Murphy, known for his enigmatic roles and intense performances, one such unexpected bromance took center stage, not with Jamie Dornan, but with the iconic filmmaker, Christopher Nolan.

Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan in an interview | Photo: Screengrab/YouTube/Wonder Movies
Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan in an interview | Photo: Screengrab/YouTube/Wonder Movies

Irish actors Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy might seem like a natural match. After all, they hail from the same land and even broke out into the public eye around the same time with 50 Shades of Grey and Peaky Blinders, respectively. However, despite their initial admiration for each other’s work, Murphy’s true bromance bloomed with someone else entirely: Hollywood Auteur Christopher Nolan.

Cillian Murphy’s Connection with Christopher Nolan

The foundation of Cillian Murphy’s camaraderie with Jamie Dornan was laid during the filming of Sean Ellis’s historical war drama, where the two actors found themselves working together. However, Murphy earlier stated that their natural chemistry didn’t simply stem from their shared nationality; it was a connection that evolved organically on the movie set.


While Jamie Dornan certainly left a lasting impression on Murphy, the unexpected turn of events brought forth a new and profound bromance into the actor’s life – one that he couldn’t have foreseen. Enter Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed filmmaker behind cinematic masterpieces like Inception, Dunkirk, and The Dark Knight trilogy.

Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer.

Their connection started in 2005 when Murphy first appeared in a Nolan film, Batman Begins. Over the years, he became a frequent collaborator, often taking on supporting roles. This year, he finally steps into the lead in Nolan’s highly anticipated Oppenheimer.

Murphy describes their connection as something that goes beyond mere professional respect. “I never anticipated using the word ‘bro’ when talking about Chris,” he shared in an interview. (Via Discussing Film) This playful statement hints at a genuine friendship built on mutual admiration and shared experiences. 


Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan’s Enduring Collaboration

Christopher Nolan, the visionary filmmaker known for his intricate narratives and mind-bending concepts, has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most iconic directors. 

A notable aspect of Nolan’s illustrious career is his penchant for collaborating with top-tier movie stars. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Robert Pattinson are just a few names that have graced his projects, leaving an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. 

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy behind the scenes of Oppenheimer

However, among these collaborations, one partnership stands out for its unexpected origin and enduring success – the creative alliance between Nolan and the talented Cillian Murphy. Although their journey began with Nolan rejecting Murphy for the lead role in Batman Begins, their connection was undeniable. Murphy’s audition left such a mark that Nolan offered him the role of the villain, Scarecrow, instead. This marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration that has spanned six films across two decades.


Their latest project, Oppenheimer, marks a significant milestone. Murphy finally steps into the lead role, portraying the enigmatic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb.” Nolan and Murphy’s partnership goes beyond box-office success. Murphy’s collaboration with Nolan has become synonymous with cinematic excellence.

Prantik Prabal Roy

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Prantik Prabal Roy is a content writer at FandomWire. With over three years of experience in content writing for various media houses, he takes great interest in telling stories about Hollywood celebrities and the world revolving around them. He has done his Master's in English literature and diploma course in journalism. Being a literature student, he has the ability to delve into the matter and analyse it thoroughly to give the readers a clear view on the specific topics.