Cillian Murphy played the “father of the atomic bomb” in Oppenheimer and became famous as Thomas Shelby in the Peaky Blinders series.
Cillian Murphy takes on the most complex role of his career as the “father of the atomic bomb” in Christopher Nolan’s new film Oppenheimer. But before that, the audience already knew the actor thanks to Peaky Blinders, where he played Thomas Shelby. In preparation for Oppenheimer, a look at Cillian Murphy’s career!
The beginning of Cillian Murphy’s career
Born in Ireland in 1976, Cillian Murphy (now 47) began his acting career in theater in the 1990s, later appearing in short films and independent films such as Friendship Story (1998) and Disco Pigs (2001).
Her first major role was as the lead in Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror, Extermination (2002). After that, he appeared in Wes Craven’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Night Flight (2004) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. But before Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy was known for his films with Christopher Nolan.
Murphy also auditioned to play Batman in Nolan’s trilogy. The role went to Christian Bale, but he was cast as the villainous Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He also worked with the director on Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017).
Cillian Murphy’s other roles in Winds of Freedom (2006), Sunshine – Solar Alert (2007), The Price of Tomorrow (2011), Transcendence – The Revolution (2014), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Operation Anthropoid (2016) ) and A Quiet Place – Part II (2021).
Cillian Murphy “cold and calculative” in Peaky Blinders.
The role that marked Cillian Murphy’s career was in the series Peaky Blinders (2013 to 2022), in which he played protagonist Thomas Shelby over 6 seasons of the acclaimed production.
Thomas ‘Tommy’ Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, is the leader of the Peaky Blinders, a World War I veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, so the actor has managed to show his full acting potential in the season. The character’s “cold and calculating” style was a hit with fans and spawned many memes on social networks, making Murphy’s name even more widely known – so much so that people could not tell her from her character in Peaky Blinders.
In an interview with GQ magazine at the end of Peaky Blinders in 2022, Cillian Murphy commented on the fame and success he enjoyed with the series and Thomas Shelby. “I really enjoyed the development of my character, thanks to a great team of writers who put her in unique and challenging situations. My goal is to grow as an actor and see the potential of the character. However, I think that I still need more distance and perspective to understand what I experienced and how I dealt with it”.
In an interview with The Guardian, the actor revealed his feelings on saying goodbye to the character after so long. “It feels like the end of something. It’s weird to talk about it. I don’t make sense of it yet. Maybe when it’s over I’ll get some perspective. It’s the end of 10 years of my life; A great adventure with many colleagues and people you’ve become very close to”.
Oppenheimer: Cillian Murphy’s biggest film role
After nearly 20 years as a supporting actor in Christopher Nolan’s films, Cillian Murphy was “desperate” for a starring role—which he found in Oppenheimer. “I’ve always told Chris publicly and privately that if I’m available and he wants me to do a movie, I’ll be there. I don’t really care how big the role is. But deep down, Secretly, I was dying for her to play the lead,” he told The Associated Press.
Cillian Murphy, the Manhattan Project’s chief scientist J.J. Take on the challenging and complex role of Robert Oppenheimer – the man responsible for creating the atomic bomb in World War II. Because of the responsibility and pressure of her biggest film role, she was sidelined by the activities of a cast made up of Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, and Robert Downey Jr. “When you have these big roles, this responsibility, you just feel like it’s overwhelming,” Murphy explained to People.
oppenheimer Premieres July 20 in Brazilian cinemas.