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Cillian Murphy’s roles often include an element of malevolence, the opposite of his actual persona, discovers Luxury London. With Irish charm and genuine modesty, he’s one of Hollywood’s nice guys

Whenever you read about Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy, it’s typically his physical attributes that get talked up the most. Sure, he might have cheekbones that deserve their own postcode and eyes that could convince you to do the most heinous of crimes, but what’s more impressive is his range as an actor; he is the antithesis of typecast.

From a young trans woman in Breakfast on Pluto (for which he won Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards) to the leader of a Birmingham gang in Peaky Blinders, from Batman’s nemesis and crazy psychiatrist in Batman Begins to a post-apocalyptic survivor in 28 Days Later, Murphy’s character profile is chameleon, but all  of his roles have a similar theme. They ’re executed with a intensity that’s helping define a career.

One of his is latest projects, Anthropoid, may sound like a sci-fi film, but it’s actually a taut biopic thriller inspired by the gallant efforts of two freedom fighters and their mission to eliminate notorious top-ranking Nazi, and Hitler’s third in command, Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Final Solution during World War II. He undertakes the role of a Czechoslovakian resistance fighter Jozef Gabčík, head of a team of soldiers tasked with the assassination. Starring alongside fellow Irishman Jamie Dornan, known for the racy film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey and the BBC series The Fall, both men admit they didn’t know about the story before being approached for the film.

“It’s not widely known outside of the Czech Republic, which is kind of criminal given how it altered the course of World War II and consequently altered the course of history,” says Murphy. “It’s part of their identity in the Czech Republic. It was fascinating to learn about it and these different aspects of the war that affected the outcome.” Murphy describes how it’s a “story of remarkable heroism and human endeavour”.

On working alongside the man of the moment Dornan, Murphy says, “the man is an ogre.” Of course, Murphy is saying this in jest – when describing the pair, the word ‘bromance’ is regularly thrown around.

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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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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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Photography Willy Vanderperre; Styling Alister Mackie; Hair Duffy Anthony Turner at Art Partner; Make up Laura Dominique at Streeters; Set design Emma Roach at Streeters; Photographic producer Thea Charlesworth; Production Floriane Desperier at 4oktober; Lighting technician Romain Dubus; Digital operator Henri Coutant at Dtouch; Photo assistants Jared Beck, Jori Komulainen; Tailor Alina Gencaite; Styling assistants Reuben Esser, Peghah Malleknejad; Hair assistant David Harborow; Set design assistant Rebecca Scott; Music Fabien Girard


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Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor who broke out as the lead in Danny Boyle’s horror movie 28 Days Later. He has since appeared in films including Red Eye, The Dark Knight and TV’s Peaky Blinders.

In alphabetical order
Arizona Dream (1992)
Being There (1979)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Kes (1969)
Kill List (2011)
Mean Streets (1973)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Scarecrow (1973)
The Shining (1980)

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Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.

Principal photography has begun in the Czech Republic on Anthropoid, a Second World War thriller starring Jamie Dornan (50 Shades Of Grey) and Cillian Murphy (Inception) from Metro Manila director Sean Ellis.

New cast members to sign up to the production include Toby Jones (Infamous), Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class, Son of Rambow), Alena Mihulova and Sam Keeley.

They join Dornan, Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent) and Anna Geislerová (Something Like Happiness).

The film is based on the true story of two Czech soldiers – played by Dornan and Murphy – sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1941.

SS General Reinhard Heydrich was second only to Himmler and Hitler in the Third Reich’s hierarchy and main architect for the ‘Final Solution’.

Director Ellis will also handle cinematography and co-wrote the script with Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story).

Ellis said: “This has been a 14-year journey to get Anthropoid to the screen. I’m incredibly proud and happy to finally tell this important story about Czech resistance during World War II.”

Anthropoid is produced by LD Entertainment (Risen, The Grey). ICM Partners packaged the film and will be handling the North American sale with UTA.

Altitude Film Sales is managing international sales.

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