This interview took place prior to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.


Cillian Murphy's leading performance in Christopher Nolan's new film Oppenheimer has already come in for significant acclaim in reviews – and his co-stars have also heaped praise on the Peaky Blinders actor.

Speaking exclusively to last week, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon both outlined why Murphy was the perfect man to play the titular scientist.

"When I read the script, I found him to have so much duality to him," Blunt – who plays Oppenheimer's wife Kitty – explained when asked how much her views on the character changed during the production.

"And he was sort of the perfect actor to play him because Cillian is so mesmeric in that way, and I think I was uncertain as to what his feelings on it were, and how much he was atoning for his sins by playing the martyr at the end, or how much he was truly traumatised by it.

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"I think it's the delicacy of Cillian's performance when I watched it – he's such a tragic figure to me, that I wasn't expecting to feel so pulled into him and feel for him."

OPPENHEIMER, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer. Universal Pictures

Meanwhile, Damon – who plays Manhattan Project director Leslie Groves – did not hold back in his praise for the actor, calling his turn "one of the great performances I've ever seen".

"It's a brilliant screen performance," he added. "And you know, Oppenheimer is ultimately… I think that's why you make a movie about him, he's the most probably important person to ever live with this remarkable brain who had these impossible moral questions put to him.

"He lived the most consequential life and there were no easy answers for him, or for us, in kind of investigating his story. And so yeah, I think Cillian was the exact person to play him for sure."

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