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Who is Cillian Murphy?

Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor who started out as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band 'The Sons of Mr. Green Genes'.

Murphy then began acting in independent movies like '28 Days Later', 'Red Eye' and 'Breakfast on Pluto'.

Cillian Murphy rose to fame as Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and as Thomas Shelby in 'Peaky Blinders'.

Born May 25, 1976

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Best 14 Quotes by Cillian Murphy

“I suppose professionally, as an actor, empathy is the most powerful tool you have, really, in trying to understand a character and trying to understand other people's motivations and so on.”

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

“I'm not worried about being pegged, but it's important for me to knock down any perceptions of me that are out there.”

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

“I've always felt that the less the public knows about you, the more effective you can be when you go to portray someone else.”

“If there's an opportunity to work with Ken Loach, you can't really turn that down. He's made some of the finest films of the past 25 years. Whether you like or dislike his movies, there's never a bad performance in them, ever. There's none of the bullsh*t. There's no trailers, no nonsense, no pampering. It's a breath of fresh air.”

“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.”

“It's basically lazy journalism if they say I'm the new Colin Farrell. This thing about heat, it's all just hot air.”

“It's easy to take the check, you know, but if you want to have any longevity, just take things that have artistic merit in them. I want to do quality. If it's good telly, I'll do it. If it's good theater, I'll do it.”

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

“To me, someone's sexuality is usually the least interesting thing about them. It's secondary. The only reason it becomes a source for dramatic storytelling is because people have made such an issue out of it.”

“Today, I pick and choose my films very carefully. There's nothing I've done so far that I can't talk about with commitment and passion.”

“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.”

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

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“I didn’t know what types of movies I wanted to do. I want to do things that are different. I want to take my time with each role.”


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