Not that Jamie Dornan has finished taunting Cillian Murphy. The “Belfast” star told GQ UK that after starring with friend Murphy in the 2016 WWII movie “Anthropoid,” he hopes to get back altogether. Although Murphy is “so uncomfortable” doing press tours, Dornan quipped that the “Oppenheimer” star is “probably going to win” an Oscar for his role as the patriarch of the thermonuclear bomb. “I love Cillian, and we’ve nearly worked together a couple of times since [‘Anthropoid’],” Dornan said. “I have such respect for him and he’s probably going to win a fucking Academy Award next year. I mean, I won’t be voting for him.”
He continued, “I think we’re both desperate to work together again, we’re really close. I love it because he’s so uncomfortable doing press, and I just love playing on that.” The jokes between Dornan and Murphy during the “Anthropoid” press trip went global. Murphy said to IndieWire that a component of the reason he has worked with “Oppenheimer” filmmaker Christopher Nolan for an extended period is that they have similar views on Hollywood.
“We’re both not interested in the ancillary nature of the industry. We’re both interested in the work,” Murphy told. “We both apply ourselves to work in a certain way. I’ve learned a lot from him. I apply myself in terms of that focus, and that rigor and that dedication, and that commitment. I’ve always had that instinct in my work anyway; it was just amplified by working with Chris.” Murphy described playing contentious scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer as a “huge undertaking” despite it being “fascinating.”
“What made him so complex and multi-layered and amazing to try and wrestle into a performance was how contradictory he was,” Murphy remarked. “He had all of the complexities and contradictions that we do as human beings, except he happened to be one of the most brilliant minds that ever lived. But yes, he was arrogant, and he was vain. And he was naive. And he was conflicted. And he was egotistical, but he was also insecure. He was all of those things. And a womanizer and selfish and also humane and generous by the same token. That’s what makes him so fascinating. That’s what why so much has been written about him and that’s why Chris knew that he would be such a fascinating subject to make a film about.”