Early life[ edit ] Murphy centre , with Dr. His father, Brendan, worked for the Irish Department of Education , and his mother was a French teacher. Musicianship also runs in the family, and Murphy started playing music and writing songs at the age of Greengenes," after a song by another idol, Frank Zappa , which he said "specialised in wacky lyrics and endless guitar solos.
After seeing Corcadorca's stage production of A Clockwork Orange , directed by Kiernan, acting had begun to pique his interest. According to Murphy, his primary motivation then was to party and meet women, not to begin an acting career.
If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me, it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform. Early work[ edit ] Murphy hounded Pat Kiernan until he got an audition at Corcadorca Theatre Company , and in September , he made his professional acting debut on the stage, playing the part of a volatile Cork teenager in Enda Walsh 's Disco Pigs. It had nothing to do with those bloody eyes that everyone's going on about all the time.
He achieved worldwide success when he was cast as the leading role in Danny Boyle 's horror film, 28 Days Later He portrayed pandemic survivor Jim who is "perplexed to find himself alone in the desolate, post-apocalyptic world" after waking from a coma in a London hospital. Stevens stated that it was only after seeing his slender physique during filming that they decided to feature him fully nude at the beginning of the film.
He starred as a lovelorn, hapless supermarket stocker who plots a bank heist with Colin Farrell in Intermission , which became the highest-grossing Irish independent film in Irish box office history until The Wind That Shakes the Barley broke the record in His delicate good looks have, as much as his acting prowess, caused people to mark him as Ireland's next Colin Farrell , albeit one who seems less likely to be caught tomcatting around or brawling drunkenly at premieres".
He portrayed a deserting soldier who shares a grim scene with Jude Law 's character, and was only on location in Romania for a week. Murphy stated that it was a "massive production", remarking that director Anthony Minghella was the calmest director he'd ever met. Critical success[ edit ] Murphy starred as Dr. Jonathan Crane, whose alter ego is supervillain Scarecrow. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis asserted that Murphy made "a picture-perfect villain" and that his "baby blues look cold enough to freeze water and his wolfish leer suggests its own terrors.
Set against the Breakfast on Pluto's kaleidoscopic backdrop of s glitter rock fashion, magic shows, red light districts and I. He had auditioned for the role in , and though Jordan liked him for the part, The Crying Game director was hesitant to revisit transgender and I. For several years, Murphy lobbied Jordan to make the film before the actor became too old to play the part. In , Murphy prepared for the role by meeting a transvestite who dressed him and took him clubbing with other transvestites.
The Village Voice , which panned the film, found him "unconvincing" and overly cute. Murphy had to audition six times for the role of Damien O'Donovan, a young doctor turned revolutionary, before winning the part. Theatre Record described his character of Beane as a "winsomely cranky" mentally unstable "sentimentalised lonely hero", noting how he magnetically, with "all blue eyes and twitching hands", moves "comically from painfully shy "wallpaper" to garrulous, amorous male.
The minute Canadian short film, released online in April , is nearly silent until the Feist song of the same title plays close to the end. Murphy was attracted to the role as a fan of Broken Social Scene and the prospect of making a silent movie, which he considered to be the "hardest test for any actor". In , he also made a return to theatre in From Galway to Broadway and back again, which was a stage show that celebrated the Druid Theatre Company 's 35th birthday.
Christian Toto of The Washington Times referred to the film as "a handsomely mounted psychological drama with an arresting lead turn by Cillian Murphy", and noted that although Murphy wasn't a stranger to playing in drag, his work in the film set a "new standard for gender-bending performances". Peaky Blinders[ edit ] In , Murphy performed in the stage monodrama , Misterman, written and directed by Enda Walsh , whom Murphy previously worked with on Disco Pigs.
The production was initially put on in Galway and was then taken to St. Murphy commented of the role, "The live nature of it makes it so dangerous. You're only there because of the good will of the audience, and that's compounded by its being a one-man show". Lyall noted Murphy's "unusual ability to create and inhabit creepy yet fascinating characters from the big screen to the small stage in the intense one-man show Misterman", and documented that on one evening the "theater was flooded, not with applause but with silence", eventually culminating in a standing ovation at his powerful performance.
He also appeared in the science fiction film, In Time , starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried , which was poorly reviewed. He played Tom Buckley, the assistant to Weaver's character who is a paranormal investigator. Murphy considered working with De Niro to have been one of the most intimidating moments in his career. There was no acting involved. The man has presence. You can't act presence.
I'll never have that. Watching him use it I was like, 'I have to do this. A second series began broadcasting on the BBC in October Also in , Murphy made his directorial debut with a music video for the band Money's single Hold Me Forever.
The two previously met whilst Hartnoll was scoring the second season of Peaky Blinders. Murphy felt his character, who is nameless and was credited simply as "Shivering Soldier", was "representative of something experienced by thousands of soldiers, which is the profound emotional and psychological toll that war can have". In he said, "The only extravagant thing about my lifestyle is my stereo system, buying music and going to gigs.
Reserved and private, Murphy professes a lack of interest in the celebrity scene, finding the red carpet experience "a challenge In February , he wrote a message of support to the former Vita Cortex workers involved in a sit-in at their plant , congratulating them for "highlighting [what] is hugely important to us all as a nation".