Cillian Murphy has positioned himself as one of the most versatile actors on the current scene. From his debut in the seventh art with The Tale of Sweety Barrett (1998) to his most famous role on the small screen as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders (2013 – 2022), Murphy has proven to be one of the most prolific artists around. and the premiere of his most recent production is no exception.
Murphy, 47, returns to the big screen to star in one of the most anticipated films of the summer: ‘ Oppenheimer ‘. This three-hour feature film is directed by Christopher Nolan and tells the story of the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Due to the premiere, below, we share five things you probably did not know about the actor.
5 things you didn’t know about Cillian Murphy, star of ‘Oppenheimer’
dropped out of law school
Cillian Murphy was about to become a lawyer. Originally from Douglas, Ireland, he attended law school at Cork University ; however, he dropped out after the first year to pursue his dreams of music and acting. In fact, after leaving school, Murphy was part of the rock band Sons of Mr. Green Genes , where he sang and played the guitar in the company of his brother.
He stopped being a vegetarian for his role in ‘Peaky Blinders’
Before landing his role in ‘ Peaky Blinders ‘ the actor used to be a vegetarian; However, after 15 years committed to this lifestyle, Murphy had to abandon it, as he was forced to eat meat and protein to gain muscle and give life to the famous Thomas Shelby.
In fact, Murphy has revealed on several occasions that he loves to “act” with his body, so he always pushes his physique to the limit if the role requires it. For Oppenheimer , Cillian had to lose a lot of weight as the theoretical physique’s silhouette required it. “He had a very different physique and silhouette and I wanted to do it right. I had to lose quite a bit of weight, and we worked with wardrobe and tailoring: He was very thin, almost emaciated, he subsidizes with martinis and cigarettes , ” Murphy expressed for The New York Times.
The Murphy-Nolan duo
‘ Oppenheimer ‘ is not the first time that Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan have joined forces, as the actor and filmmaker have worked together for years. In fact, Murphy has shared credits with Nolan six times: The Batman trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012), Inception (2010), Dunkirk (2017), and Oppenheimer (2023).
Doesn’t have social media
In the middle of 2023 it is difficult to meet someone who stays away from social networks ; however, Cillian Murphy is one of these people.
The actor of Irish origin is a very private man who has spent most of his life in secrecy, which is why he does not have any profile on social platforms. In fact, some time ago, he went viral after being questioned in an interview about his own memes, to which he replied that he had no idea what a meme is.
Thanks to his vast experience in the film and television industry, Cillian Murphy has managed to amass a net worth of $20 million, according to figures from Celebrity Net Worth , a website specializing in celebrity fortunes.