Cillian Murphy “just doesn’t like” being in a rom-com.
The ‘Peaky Blinders’ star loves taking on roles in ‘melancholic’ plays – whether in theatre, TV or film – as he prefers his work to explore more ‘gnarled’ and ‘uncomfortable’ themes.
The 45-year-old actor told Esquire magazine: “I’ve always been interested in things that are – I don’t want to say on the darker side, because it’s too reductive – the melancholy, or the ambiguous, or the most transgressive. That, to me, is drama. That’s where the real stuff has to be extracted. I’m not interested in romantic comedies. I’m not. In all the great films, literature or plays, these are the things that interest me.
“That doesn’t mean they can’t be funny: [the playwright Samuel] Beckett is funny; Enda [Walsh] is very funny. But getting into those gnarly, difficult, uncomfortable places – I find that really empowering.
Cillian admitted playing the title role in ‘Oppenheimer’, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming biopic about theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer – dubbed the ‘father of the atomic bomb’ – was ‘huge’ and ‘terrifying’, but said excluded from taking “easy”. roles in his career.
He said: “It sounds huge and terrifying, but if I felt it was easy, I wouldn’t be interested. I get nervous and anxious and insecure, but then you’re like, ‘F*** it. I’ve been doing it for 25 years and I’ve done it before. So carry on.
As well as being into lighter projects, the ‘Dunkirk’ star – who lives in Dublin with his artist wife Yvonne McGuinness and their children Malachy, 16, and Aran, 14 – is not “interested by extracurricular show business activities — like television appearances — because it’s “crap to be anything other than an actor.”
Cillian said: “I’ve never been interested in that kind of stuff. I have always been interested in work. I suck at being anything other than an actor. I’m shit for being a personality. I suck on red carpets. I suck for being on talk shows. I’m s*** at, like, all the other stuff that goes with it.