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Cillian Murphy (pictured) has been announced as the campaign ambassador for Radio Nova’s 2016 ‘Help Our Homeless’ Radiothon. The Dublin-based radio station aims to raise €40,000 in a live, on-air charity pledge-drive, to help fund Focus Ireland’s work to tackle and prevent homelessness in the Greater Dublin area. The Radiothon will take place live on Radio Nova on February 17 and 18, 2016.

It is Nova’s second year to run the Radiothon. In 2015 the station raised more than €30,000 for Focus Ireland, over two days of broadcasting. “The Radiothon represents an urgent appeal for donations to support Focus Ireland’s vital work for those those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness,” a statement from the station said. “The campaign comes as, for the first time, more than 5,000 people across Ireland are homeless. This includes more than 700 families and over 1,600 children across the country.”

Having come to prominence first in Kirsten Sheridan’s Disco Pigs in 2001, Murphy has enjoyed a stellar career on stage and screen. He starred as Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005) – a role he reprised in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – and also picked up a plethora of awards and nominations for his performances in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast On Pluto, Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. He is currently starring opposite Jamie Dornan in Anthropoid, directed by Sean Ellis and set for release later this year.

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Cillian Muprhy has admitted that there’s no way he could handle the level of fame fellow Irish actor Jamie Dornan has.

The Co. Down star exploded onto the international scene when he was cast in 50 Shades of Grey, but Cillian reckons he couldn’t cope with that level of notoriety.

“I just can’t even fathom what that must be like. It’s a concept that’s so indescribable, it wouldn’t be for me,” he said.

“But Jamie is an incredible actor and person, you wouldn’t know with him,” he told the Irish Sun.

The pair worked together on World War 2 drama Anthropoid and Cillian revealed that Jamie hasn’t let the pressures of fame affect his performances.

“He’s very professional yet so kind and laid back. None of that, anything going on, affects his performance or who he is.”

Despite huge success with flicks like 28 Days Later, The Dark Knight and Red Eye, the Cork actor enjoys the anonymity he has walking down the street.

“It’s the perfect balance. (Fame) can come with the job so it’s how you handle it and luckily, no one has much interest in me. There’s nothing fascinating there. Nothing to report on.”

“So I don’t get photographed and rarely have anyone coming up to me. I can stroll down the road to shops and no one looks. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

The Wind That Shakes The Barley star also divulged that he plans to star in an Irish production next year.

“The level of quality in theatre at home is astounding so of course, I’ll be back working on another thing soon enough. Maybe not for a while though,” he said.

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Actor Cillian Murphy, known most by fans for portraying Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as 28 Days Later is wanting to jump over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Murphy recently told IGN that he’d love to be involved in any way shape or form, especially now that In the Heart of the Sea co-star Tom Holland is our new Spider-Man/Peter Parker.

“I love those movies,” Murphy said “My kids love those movies and I hear there’s an amazing new Spider-Man I’ll be checking out. I’d love to be involved.”

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Cillian Murphy has opened up about starving himself for his latest film role.

The actor stars in The Heart of the Sea which tells the story of the Essex whaling ship that inspired the novel Moby Dick.

The ship is destroyed by a whale leaving its crew shipwrecked for 90 days.

he Cork native explained that he had a new found respect for the people who survived the real ordeal.

“These people actually lived through this and we were complaining like moany actors saying, ‘oh, I’m so hungry’ – but these guys did it for real, so it does bring it home,” he told the Irish Examiner.

Co-star Benjamin Walker said the crash diets were a tribute to the sailors who lost their lives on the voyage.

“I’m never doing a crash diet again. It was absolutely excruciating, but it was least we could do to represent these guys who actually suffered – and many of whom didn’t survive,” he said.

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Cillian Murphy cracks up when I hand him a reeking, hexagonal gift from his native Ireland—a small piece of cheese, as olfactorily challenging as it is oleaginous—called St. Killian (pronounced just like his name).

“I fucking love cheese,” he says, delightedly. “Especially when it’s got my name on it. I’ll be eating this tonight with some nice red wine.”

I’ve traveled from Ireland to interview the actor in London, where we meet in a rented townhouse. It’s no wonder he’s got food and drink on the brain, considering the starvation diet he underwent as shipwrecked sailor Matthew Joy in Ron Howard’s whaling epic, In the Heart of the Sea, based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

It’s a remarkable transformation for Murphy, 39, who has lent those perilously etched cheekbones and fiendishly intense eyes to such roles as the psychopathic Scarecrow in the Dark Knight franchise, a murderous creep in Red Eye, and, most recently, vicious gangster Tommy Shelby in the binge-worthy Netflix crime drama Peaky Blinders.

“The sensation of going to bed hungry is not pleasant,” he says, eyeing that round of cheese. “I would like to have to get porky for a movie. Not obese, just prosperously rotund.”

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