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Cillian Murphy: “I take my hat off to the ladies. The amount of grooming–plucking and shaving and all the other things men never have to do. I went down and spent time with transvestites in London in the clubs and all that. Got an insight to that world, and it’s a mad world, but they are very warm and very open people. It was a great experience.”

Cillian Murphy: “That’s what acting is about, … Funny wigs and voices, that’s what we do.”

Cillian Murphy: “I was obsessed with Batman as a kid. I did the film in part just to be near the Batmobile. But I also think [director] Christopher Nolan made a very fine, intelligent film.”

Cillian Murphy: “He’s this kid growing up in a small town in Ireland in the 70’s–you know the height of the troubles in Ireland, … He discovers he’s an adopted orphan and that his father is actually this parish priest, played by Liam Neeson. So it’s just this crazy mad journey that he goes on to find his love.”

Cillian Murphy: “I am very different to Colin Farrell. I admire him tremendously. We are both Irish and are both the same age. But I don’t look like Colin Farrell, I don’t behave like Colin Farrell, and I do different movies than Colin Farrell.”

Cillian Murphy: “I come from a long line of teachers. Not only did I not go into the family business; I had an aborted law career and I played in bands. ‘Disco Pigs’ was my first professional acting experience.”

Cillian Murphy: “That was a fun script and a lot of great Irish actors.”

Cillian Murphy: “It keeps people away.”

Cillian Murphy: “I don’t know if anyone will ever sit beside me on a plane again.”

Cillian Murphy: “You’re an actor who’s Irish, not an Irish actor. And you shouldn’t be limited by your extraction.”

Cillian Murphy: “I’d probably have been wealthier if I had stayed with law, but pretty miserable doing it.”

Cillian Murphy: “That’s the point. You think you could be in that situation. It brings up all those universal anxieties about flying, even before the story turns dark.”

Cillian Murphy: “I’ve a very, very close-knit group of friends from Ireland. They and my family are the most important things to me.”

Cillian Murphy: “The best roles you have to fight for. You have to really want to do it and you have to go after it.”

Cillian Murphy: “At the moment I’m doing this space movie, so I’m obsessed with physics and space travel. I know three months down the line it’s gone. Then I’ll be able to superficially say stuff about space.”

Cillian Murphy: “Journalists have a myopic view of your versatility. They’re like ‘You only play the creep.'”

Cillian Murphy: “I don’t have a burning passion to live in America per se but I would certainly like to work there.”

Cillian Murphy: “My wife can see always how a part affects me personally because she has to live with it.”

Cillian Murphy: “I’d love to work in America, some of my favourite films come from America.”

Cillian Murphy: “I mean, I loved Batman, but I had no broad knowledge. Thus I read the Comics and with Chris concerning the appearance of Scarecrow conversed much. About what I may not speak for the moment.”

Cillian Murphy: “I didn’t start acting until I was 20. I wanted to be a musician. I’ve been playing in bands for years and years and years. It was obviously the performance in me. I loved movies as a teenager, always loved, loved films, but I never thought I’d be involved, which was obviously an insane idea. It was theatre that was the main attraction to me, so I did a lot of theatre.”

Cillian Murphy: “My life is pretty good right now, I’m pretty happy. I suppose being away from home or being separated from my wife is difficult, but I’m going to take a break next year and just stop for a while.”

Cillian Murphy: “I like being at home with my music and my books. I’ve done all the partying, I’ve done enough partying for four or five people as a young fella. But now I like the quiet life.”

Cillian Murphy: “Hollywood is a one-industry town, but I think you can smell it from a mile away when people are telling you what they think you want to hear. I don’t care. I don’t care if you hate this movie, I don’t care if you think I’m shit. I’m confident in what I do and I know I’m a good actor.”

Cillian Murphy: “You don’t have to identify with a character to play them, you just have to understand. There’s a difference, I think, between identifying with and understanding?”

Cillian Murphy: “You know, I’ll get recognized when I go for a cup of coffee. I’ve been working a lot, so I haven’t really noticed things changing, or anything different about my life. Yeah, people recognize me, and it’s all very sweet and very nice, but it’s not an imposition in any way. In fact in London, where I live, everybody leaves me alone. Nobody recognizes me. That’s the way I’d like to keep it.”

Cillian Murphy: “Yeah, I suppose slightly more people now can pronounce my name. It’s all about recognition, isn’t it? I have a funny cognizance of the fact that Hollywood is about commerce and art; it’s an uncomfortable mixture of the two.”

Cillian Murphy: “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.”

Cillian Murphy: “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.”

Cillian Murphy: “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.”