7 interesting Cillian Murphy facts.

Top 7 Cillian Murphy facts you should known – Oscar winning actor from Oppenheimer, Peaky Blinders and Inception.

Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor known for his iconic role of Thomas Shelby in popular British series Peaky Blinders. The actor recently won an Academy award for best actor for Oppenheimer as well. The 47-year-old has been entertaining the audience since 1996 doing theater, stage plays, short films, tv and Hollywood feature films.

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First career choice.

The actor first enrolled himself to study law at University College Cork (UCC) in 1996, but he failed the first year exams as he didn’t want to do it and formed a band with his younger brother and was offered a 5 album deal from a record label but he refused the offer – a decision he later admitted was one of the best decisions of his life.

Inspiration to become an actor.

The actor saw Corcadorca’s stage production of A Clockwork Orange, directed by Kiernan and got inspired to become an actor. The actor then began working in theater and stage plays and later admitted that his motivation wasn’t about choosing acting as a career but to go to parties and meet women.

First film work.

From 1996 to 2000, the actor worked in various theater plays and then started appearing in independent and short films including Filleann an Feall (2000) and Watchmen (2001).

Was asked to play Batman.

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Another one of Cillian Murphy facts is that while many of you know Murphy from Peaky Blinders or latest released Oppenheimer, the actor first worked with Christopher Nolan in 2005 released The Batman Begins. Cillian was asked to audition for the role of Batman, but he didn’t find himself suit for it as he didn’t have the physique of a superhero. However the actor didn’t let the chance to bond with Nolan go and appeared as supporting role of Dr. Crane, while Batman was played by Christian Bale.

How Cillian Murphy got Peaky Blinders?

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First director Steven Knight chose Jason Statham for the role of Thomas Shelby. He also met Murphy but couldn’t see him in Shelby’s role. However he received a text-message from Cillian which read. ‘Remember, I’m an actor’ and he got finalized to play the iconic Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

Doesn’t like Celebrity lifestyle.

Another one of popular Cillian Murphy facts is that he doesn’t like the whole ‘celebrity lifestyle’ thing and stays away from limelight and making red carpet appearances, the actor also didn’t appear in any talk shows until 2010. He continues to stay reserved about his personal life. His costar, Emily Blunt, also said that Oppenheimer actor is the best actor in the world but worst celebrity as well.

Cillian Murphy’s book.

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In 2022, Murphy edited “Ionbhá: The Empathy Book for Ireland,” a collection of poems and essays as Murphy is a proud Irishman.

Another Cillian Murphy facts is that he was a vegetarian for 15 years until he had to bulk up for the role of Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders. The actor went back to being a vegetarian though.