Cillian Murphy is a well-known Irish actor and is known for zombie horror 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), and the action thriller Red Eye (2005). He has been in media attention for almost a decade for playing the iconic role of Thomas Shelby in the famous British crime drama television series, Peaky Blinders 2013.
The actor is known for his mesmerizing acting and dialogue delivery and is currently working on Oppenheimer’s future project. The film is an upcoming American biographical film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The plot is based on American Prometheus, a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
During a conversation with EW, the 46-year-old actor shared his thoughts about playing the leader of Birmingham’s Shelby family and the gang. His thoughts read, “There was slight hesitation because I’d never really played that physically imposing sort of hyper-masculine-type character. I’d probably played the opposite up to that point. But I knew that it was such amazing material, and I knew that it was a gift of a role, and I just needed to convince them that I could do it and I could work to become that physically imposing character.”
Even the director, Steven Knight, recalls the first day and shared that there was a considerable difference between him being an actor and playing the role; he said that Murphy showed up as the guy who’d stop at nothing to win, the guy whose trauma both paralyzed and empowered him and most importantly, the guy who could make a slow-mo walk down a dark alleyway utterly compelling.
We are glad he was chosen because after seeing him play the character, we can’t expect any other man to wear the razer hats with such familiarity.