Cillian Murphy Reveals The Text He Sent To Bag His Role In ‘Peaky Blinders’

by 24britishtvFeb. 11, 2024, 2 p.m. 19
-

Cillian Murphy may be the hot favourite to win Best Actor at next month’s Oscars, but he has revealed he wasn’t the first choice for his breakthrough TV role.

Murphy played family patriarch Tommy Shelby in global hit period drama Peaky Blinders, but he revealed this week he wasn’t writer Stephen Knight’s first choice for the lead role.

He told the BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio interview show: “I wasn’t the obvious choice physically. I don’t know if I convinced Stephen in the meeting, but apparently afterwards I sent him a text that said: ‘Remember, I am an actor.’ And I do believe that. I do think it is our duty as actors to transform to whatever the part demands.”

Shelby and his Birmingham gangster family bowed out after six seasons in 2022, but Murphy revealed that he remains open to playing the role again: “If there is more story to tell, and if Stephen Knight delivers a script like I know he can, then I will be there,” Murphy said.

“I mean, if we want to watch 50-year-old Tommy Shelby, I will be there. Let’s do it.”

On his much-heralded depiction of Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s epic movie, Murphy said he realised the portrayal “would be ultimately a synthesis of the script, all the stuff that I was absorbing of him, and then an element of yourself in it. And then you put it all in the mix and that becomes Chris’s version and my version of Oppenheimer.”

The Irish actor said he said he had learned to enjoy awards season, something he hadn’t always felt in the past.

He reflected: “But you can choose to enjoy it. You can make that alteration in your brain. Really, you would be an eejit not to enjoy it. Just go with it.”

-

Related Articles

HOT TRENDS

Match Report: Rangers 5-0 Hearts

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 9 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

How the Lantern Festival Is Celebrated Around the World

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 9 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Luiz double helps scintillating Villa beat Forest

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 9 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

LIVE: Arsenal vs Newcastle United – Premier League football

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 9 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Gerard Butler gets into swing of gig at NI pub

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 8 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Ipswich beat Birmingham to keep pace in promotion race

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 7:01 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Championship: Reaction after big wins for Ipswich & bottom sides

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 7 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Iwobi strikes late as Fulham beat Man Utd

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 7 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Report: Palace dispatch Burnley in winning start for Glasner - News

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 6 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Bournemouth vs Man City live: Latest updates from the Premier League

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 6 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

PREVIEW | FC Barcelona v Getafe

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 6 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Team News: Clement Names Side To Face Hearts

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 6 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

United 1 Fulham 2

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 6 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Brighton vs Everton, live! Score, how to watch, videos, live updates

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 5 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Play-off hunters Hull and West Brom play out draw

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 3 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

The astronomical amount Dua Lipa earns for her concerts

by 24britishtvFeb. 24, 2024, 3 p.m.2