Cillian Murphy, featured in Oppenheimer, boldly asserted something regarding Christopher Nolan and his movie conclusions. Murphy talked about Nolan and asserted that he consistently nails the landings of his movies in an interview with Awards Watch. He was questioned regarding Oppenheimer’s conclusion and how the last scene affected him. “Well, I think it’s the hardest thing to get right in storytelling, not just in filmmaking, but in all storytelling, your ending, your third act is the hardest,” Murphy said. “And Chris [Nolan] has always done wonderful endings. If you look back in his movies, they always have strong endings.”
He continued, “And I remember reading the script and going, ‘Yeah, f**king yes, what a great ending!’ And yeah, I remember we shot that in Princeton by the lake. And again, I don’t think we talked about it too much. I think the writing, the dialogue is so excellent that you just have to give it life. So when you work with a script that is that quality, it’s just your job to give it life. And you can’t lean into it too much because the words are doing the work for you.”
Murphy portrays the title role of physicist in Oppenheimer. The movie recounts his involvement in the Manhattan Project and the events that followed the creation of the first nuclear weapons. The big ensemble is also led by Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Robert Downey Jr. Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan had already worked together on other projects. Before Oppenheimer, Murphy, and Nolan started working together on Batman Begins. In addition to becoming the lead in Inception and Dunkirk, he would also feature in the two Dark Knight series installments.