“I was desperate to play a lead for him”: Despite Losing $2.3B Franchise to Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy is Grateful to Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer

"I was desperate to play a lead for him”: Despite Losing $2.3B Franchise to Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy is Grateful to Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer
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Cillian Murphy has set himself apart with his roles in Hollywood. Best known for Peaky Blinders, the actor also made a name for himself with projects like 28 Days Later, Red Eye, Sunshine, and more. Now, bigger and better things await him as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer readies for release. But this isn’t his first time working with the director.

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Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan’s collaboration goes back more than a decade with projects like Inception, Dunkirk, and even the Dark Knight trilogy. But Oppenheimer will mark the first time that Murphy is going to be a lead in Nolan’s movie and the actor can’t stop gushing about it.

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Cillian Murphy Expresses His Excitement About Becoming A Christopher Nolan Lead

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

In an interview with UK Sports Yahoo, Cillian Murphy talked about his deep-seated desire to be a lead actor in a Christopher Nolan film. He said, “I have always said publicly and privately, to Chris, that if I’m available and you want me to be in a movie, I’m there. I don’t really care about the size of the part. But deep down, secretly, I was desperate to play a lead for him.” 

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Cillian Murphy in the Dark Knight trilogy
Cillian Murphy in the Dark Knight trilogy

Before getting his chance to be a lead in a Nolan film with Oppenheimer, Murphy did star in several short roles for the acclaimed director. DC fans will know him for playing the psychotic Dr. Crane/Scarecrow in all three of the Dark Knight trilogy films. The actor even auditioned for the role of Batman in the film, but didn’t get it as Christian Bale was selected.

Thankfully, it didn’t mark the end of his collaboration with Nolan. He then went on to star in Inception as a conflicted heir and in Dunkirk as a traumatized soldier. Due to a long working relationship with Nolan, the Peaky Blinders star feels that the two now have a shorthand while working.

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Cillian Murphy Thanks Christopher Nolan Giving Him Good Roles

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

In the interview, Cillian Murphy stated that as a result of his long working relationship with Christopher Nolan, the two have now developed a communication shorthand. He said, “We have this long-standing understanding and trust and shorthand and respect. It felt like the right time to take on a bigger responsibility. And it just so happened that it was a (expletive) huge one.”

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Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

He went on to explain that even though Oppenheimer was a huge responsibility, he was confident that the Memento director will do it justice. Murphy said, “This is a huge responsibility… But you know you’re with one of the great directors of all time. I felt confident going into it with Chris. He’s had a profound impact on my life, creatively and professionally. He’s offered me very interesting roles over and I’ve found all of them really challenging. And I just love being on his sets.”

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In the end, Murphy stated that he was proud of the film and Nolan’s direction. Oppenheimer is going to clash with Barbie at the box office. It remains to be seen how the film performs with global and domestic audiences.

Oppenheimer will be released on 21 July 2023.

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Written by Ishita Chatterjee

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