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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Birthday: 25 May 1976, Douglas, Cork, Ireland
Height: 175 cm

Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three youn ...Show more

Cillian Murphy
"Well, the first part of the question, I think if you ask any male if you really want to get into a Show more "Well, the first part of the question, I think if you ask any male if you really want to get into a real suit, that was a dream come true, obviously, and then just to get to work with Chris, even for that little test, was amazing as well; and then, I don't know, he saw something in it that he thought maybe he could use for the other characters" - On auditioning for Batman Begins (2005). Hide
"I can have a bit of fun with it, too, because my only motivation really is being bad. I love doing Show more "I can have a bit of fun with it, too, because my only motivation really is being bad. I love doing proper dramatic character studies, but it's also good to have a bit of fun, dress up and stuff". - On accepting the role of the Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005). Hide
If you behave like a celebrity, then people will treat you like a celebrity, and if you don't, they Show more If you behave like a celebrity, then people will treat you like a celebrity, and if you don't, they won't. There's not much to write about me in the tabloids. Hide
"To me, someone's sexuality is usually the least interesting thing about them. It's secondary. The o Show more "To me, someone's sexuality is usually the least interesting thing about them. It's secondary. The only reason it becomes a source for dramatic storytelling is because people have made such an issue out of it." - About his character in Breakfast on Pluto (2005) Hide
It's basically lazy journalism if they say I'm the new Colin Farrell. This thing about heat, it's al Show more It's basically lazy journalism if they say I'm the new Colin Farrell. This thing about heat, it's all just hot air. Hide
"Well, we are doppelgangers." - On that Howard Stern nearly played Scarecrow, Cillian's role in Batm Show more "Well, we are doppelgangers." - On that Howard Stern nearly played Scarecrow, Cillian's role in Batman Begins (2005), in an early attempted adaptation. Hide
Journalists have a myopic view of your versatility. They're like 'You only play the creep'. Journalists have a myopic view of your versatility. They're like 'You only play the creep'.
"I don't know if anyone will ever sit beside me on a plane again." - On his role as a terrorist in R Show more "I don't know if anyone will ever sit beside me on a plane again." - On his role as a terrorist in Red Eye (2005). Hide
I've always felt that the less the public knows about you, the more effective you can be when you go Show more I've always felt that the less the public knows about you, the more effective you can be when you go to portray someone else. Hide
[Asked whether he finds himself drawn to dark characters] For me, drama is conflict. I'm not interes Show more [Asked whether he finds himself drawn to dark characters] For me, drama is conflict. I'm not interested in a good man's life. I'm interested in contradiction. I'm interested in pressure, I'm interested in duress. All the great works of art, or film or literature, in my opinion, have elements of those in them. Because who wants to write about happy people? Hide
I think there's such a thing as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me Show more I think there's such a thing as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform. Hide
Too many filmmakers today are trying to put their work into a box. I can't stand that! Making movies Show more Too many filmmakers today are trying to put their work into a box. I can't stand that! Making movies is a lot of work. Let's take some risks. Hide
Today I pick and choose my films very carefully. There's nothing I've done so far that I can't talk Show more Today I pick and choose my films very carefully. There's nothing I've done so far that I can't talk about with commitment and passion. Hide
I'd probably have been wealthier if I had stayed with law, but pretty miserable doing it. I'd probably have been wealthier if I had stayed with law, but pretty miserable doing it.
"You're an actor who's Irish, not an Irish actor. And you shouldn't be limited by your extraction." Show more "You're an actor who's Irish, not an Irish actor. And you shouldn't be limited by your extraction." - On breaking the Irish type cast. Hide
If there's an opportunity to work with Ken Loach, you can't really turn that down. He's made some of Show more If there's an opportunity to work with Ken Loach, you can't really turn that down. He's made some of the finest films of the past 25 years. Whether you like or dislike his movies, there's never a bad performance in them, ever. There's none of the bullshit. There's no trailers, no nonsense, no pampering. It's a breath of fresh air. Hide
I'm not worried about being pegged, but it's important for me to knock down any perceptions of me th Show more I'm not worried about being pegged, but it's important for me to knock down any perceptions of me that are out there. Hide
I've a very, very close-knit group of friends from Ireland. They and my family are the most importan Show more I've a very, very close-knit group of friends from Ireland. They and my family are the most important things to me. Hide
But you can make wonderful films within a small, independent environment and you can make wonderful Show more But you can make wonderful films within a small, independent environment and you can make wonderful films in Los Angeles, within the studio system. You hear a lot of actors saying, 'I'd never go to Hollywood and sell out.' But, if it's a good script and a good director, why not? To shut oneself off completely is, I think, very limiting. Hide
It's easy to take the check, you know, but if you want to have any longevity, just take things that Show more It's easy to take the check, you know, but if you want to have any longevity, just take things that have artistic merit in them. I want to do quality. If it's good telly, I'll do it. If it's good theater, I'll do it. Hide
Cillian Murphy's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (34)
Cillian Murphy Cillian Murphy'S roles
Robert Fischer
Robert Fischer

Martin
Martin

Agent Buchanan
Agent Buchanan

Chris
Chris

Josef Gabc
Josef Gabc

William Killick
William Killick

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