The ‘Peaky Blinders’ actor Cillian Murphy gained widespread recognition for his part in the megahit awaited movie, ‘Oppenheimer.’ In the movie, Murphy portrays the role of J Robert Oppenheimer who was known as the father of the atomic bomb, and the lead scientist who was involved in the Manhattan Project. The casting of ‘Oppenheimer’ is not to be taken nonchalantly. Each performer in the film contributed their all to make it a masterpiece, but it seems that Cillian Murphy’s performance stood out the most. Murphy’s role was the embodiment of the movie’s success as his face was involved heavily in the marketing of Oppenheimer. Murphy’s engagement and dedication towards his role didn’t go unnoticed by the cast members.After the individual films have successfully run in theaters, the internet sensational momentarily publicizing “Barbenheimer” appears to be refreshing. There was no hint of hesitation on Murphy’s commitment towards the role of J Robert Oppenheimer.
Rober Downey Jr. who played Lewis Strauss in the film, recalls his experience with Murphy in a recent interview with People’s Magazine. He says, “ I have never witnessed a greater sacrifice by a lead actor in my career.He knew it was going to be a behemoth ask when Chris called him. But I think he also had the humility that is required to survive playing a role like this.” It appears that it was the first time Robert Downey Jr saw someone renouncing their spare time in order to prepare for a role which will be complex yet bewitching for the audience. The “Iron Man” star and his co-star Matt Demon were blown away by Murphy’s work ethic and willingness to forgo enjoyable activities scheduled by the filmmakers. As Downey also stated in the same interview, “We’d be like, ‘Hey, we got a three-day weekend. Maybe we’ll go antiquing in Santa Fe. What are you going to do?’ ‘Oh, I have to learn 30,000 words of Dutch. Have a nice time’” he said. “But that’s the nature of the ask.”
“The Wonder” star Florence Pugh who is portraying the role of Jean Tatlock alongside Murphy’s Oppenheimer also expressed how she was impressed by Murphy’s dedication towards the subtlety of each scene. In her eyes, he dictated his perfection towards each role he was given to play. She states in the interview,“Chris had one of the most incredible leads in Cillian,” Pugh said. “Every single day he shows up knowing every single possible way, intonation, inflection of how to bring this character to life. That was hugely impressive to me. There’s a reason why he is one of the greats.”
It looked that even Murphy was fervently preparing for his role as Oppenheimer. He remarked when he spoke to NME, “I didn’t go out much. I didn’t socialize much, mainly because of the amount of work I had to do… I became so immersed in the role.”