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“It’s not just about those laser beams on his face”: After Christopher Nolan, Emily Blunt Was Captivated by Oppenheimer Co-Star Cillian Murphy’s “Crazy Eyes”

“It’s not just about those laser beams on his face”: After Christopher Nolan, Emily Blunt Was Captivated by Oppenheimer Co-Star Cillian Murphy’s “Crazy Eyes”

Cillian Murphy has a way with his eyes that would make anyone feel addicted to him when he is on-screen. With a dominating and strong persona on-screen, Murphy has been loved by the people including veteran director Christopher Nolan and his Oppenheimer co-star Emily Blunt!

Talking about working with the actor on-set, Emily Blunt agreed when Nolan referred to Cillian Murphy as a person having “crazy eyes”. Having nothing but praise for the actor, Christopher Nolan and Emily Blunt gushed about their upcoming movie and the strong presence of their lead actor who is so charismatic that he has to do nothing, and yet…people will be drawn to him.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer (2023).
Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer (2023).

Emily Blunt Gushes Over Co-star Cillian Murphy

Murphy found fame when he starred in the 2005 Christoper Nolan movie Batman Begins. Portraying the role of Scarecrow, people were magnetically drawn to his on-screen presence. The feeling intensified when he portrayed the iconic character of Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer
Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer

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Starring in the 2023 movie Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan and his co-star Emily Blunt have nothing but praise for the actor and his charismatic presence, especially…his eyes. While in an interview, Emily Blunt revealed that Murphy is an actor who gave the movie everything he had. Showering the actor with praise, here’s what Blunt and Matt Damon had to say about Cillian Murphy.

“[Oppenheimer was] a marathon. When you are at the center of a movie at that scale, shooting seven scenes in a day, it takes a different focus and concern and commitment. It’s beautiful to watch someone give themselves to it fully.,” said Matt Damon.

While Emily Blunt talked about how Murphy was an actor who lead with the truth and the “laser beams on his face”.

“[Murphy] leads with truth, he isn’t an actor who chews the scenery. There aren’t many people who can seemingly do nothing and be magnetic like him. And it’s not just about those laser beams on his face! He has thought about every detail. Cillian is brilliant at playing that ambiguity of intention.”

The duo wasn’t the first one to compliment the actor on his eyes. According to a story revealed by Christopher Nolan, the role of Scarecrow was given to Cillian Murphy just because Nolan saw the craziness and the intensity in his eyes.


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When Christopher Nolan Saw Cillian Murphy’s Crazy Eyes

Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow in Batman Begins
Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow in Batman Begins

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In an interview for the promotion of Oppenheimer, Nolan, and Murphy sat down for a chat. Talking about their shared history of movies, their long-time friendship, and how Nolan would cast Cillian Murphy in many of his movies discussed.

Talking about the 2005 movie Batman Begins, Nolan revealed that he once saw a photograph of the Peaky Blinders actor in a magazine. Being drawn to the craziness in his eyes, the director decided that the role of Scarecrow should be given to Murphy.

“I remember I was up in San Francisco writing Batman Begins and there was something in the San Francisco Chronicle about 28 Days Later. I saw a picture of you with your shaved head and your crazy eyes — no offense. I remember being struck by your presence, literally from that one photograph, and then started to look into who you were, and what you’d done, and got very excited about the idea of meeting you, and having you screen test for Batman.”

As for the people, the rest is history since Cillian Murphy shined in Batman Begins. Cillian Murphy is all set to shine once again in Oppenheimer when it releases in theaters on 21st July 2023 in the U.S.

Source: Entertainment Weekly 

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