Cillian Murphy weeps during nature programs, crushes on Matt Damon

Cillian Murphy

Here are some photos of Cillian “So Beautiful It Hurts” Murphy at the London premiere of “Peaky Blinders,” which is his new miniseries set to air on the BBC. The title of the series struck me as reminiscent of Cockney rhyming slang, so I looked it up. Sure enough, it’s a term used to refer to “hooligans,” which makes sense because Cillian is supposed to play a gangboss in this “Sopranos meets Midlands” series. The series is said to be very, very violent, and Cillian seems to rail against this in a new interview with Time Out London. You know, it’s not like he didn’t know that playing a gangboss wouldn’t be violent.

This interview is mildly amusing because Cillian gushes about Matt Damon. Damon is the source of many actor-fanboy crushes, and will need to make time to have a beer with not only Benedict Cumberbatch but Cillian too. Actually, Cillian doesn’t get as carried away with it as Cumby. Cillian seems like a really reserved dude, so I’m sure there’s more affection lurking beneath the surface. Here are some excerpts:

Cillian Murphy

He had reservations about the show’s violence: “Most of the violence is slow motion, which I hate. It fetishes the whole thing. But [director] Otto Bathhurst had a clear vision and he nailed it. I knew we weren’t going for realism, and over the six episodes, there’s more talking than violence.”

On how fatherhood has changed his views: “Well, I watch nature programmes and find myself weeping, so it’s definitely made me vulnerable in some ways. But sex or violence is justified if it’s not gratuitous or fetishisez. If it’s there just to look cool or sexy, I’m out. Although my kids can’t watch most of my stuff till they’re 18! But I’m not bothered, and they don’t give a sh-t. They’re not really interested. It’s about how good a dad you are.”

On turning down music label Acid Jazz: “I know we would have been dropped, hated each other, developed drinking problems: the full Spinal Tap. I realized the ceiling of my intent as a musician compared to the bands I loved. There was more possibility for me in acting, with live theater — the sense that something magical could happen in a room. I love it. I was probably annoyingly confident as a young actor, even though I didn’t go to drama school. But my only big hangup is classical theater, which I’ve never done. I feel inadequate about that.

Is he tempted by the adulation of acting? “No, I’ve always been pretty adamant about it. An A-lister like Matt Damon is the most defiantly normal guy and one of the most successful actors in the world. I admire that — and if you dod that relentlessly enough, the wrong sort of people get bored. People will come over and say hello or ask for a photo, but it’s never an inconvenience.”

His future in acting: “I’d love to have a go at shouldering a big blockbuster. I’m 37 now, and the drive and hunger to make good, exciting work is still there from when I was 20. But I’m wiser — no actor has a flawless sheet, so you just try to stick to your principles. And allow yourself to fail.”

[From Time Out London]

I didn’t know that Cillian was in a band, but he’s played guitar for a long time, and the band he refers to was called The Sons of Mr. Greengenes. This guy is so talented as an actor. I especially liked him in The Edge of Love, in which he played a soldier with PTSD who was married to Keira Knightley. Of course, he’s been in lots of other stuff too. Maybe Christopher Nolan will bring him back for another big blockbuster movie (other than the Batman stuff and Inception) someday.

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Charlotte says:

    He is so creepy-sexy

    • V4Real says:

      I used to have the biggest crush on him and that was mainly because of his strange distinctive features. That dark hair and those bright blue eyes just added to his appeal.

      He had the potential to become a really big star but his career sort of fizzled.

      • Suze says:

        Really? I always found him so creepy. The combination of those eyes and those cheek bones is just so weird.

      • mayamae says:

        There’s just something about his voice too. And he’s not afraid to be “ugly” sometimes. I first saw him in 28 Days Later, and didn’t even realize he was nice looking, because he’s so skinny and pale in that movie.

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        Oh, I find this man gorgeous!

        But from what I’ve read V4Real, he likes to only really go out in public when he’s promoting a movie or show or something. I think I remember reading he only accepts parts that he really likes himself versus the money roll. Though I said I think, I’m not too sure. 🙂

    • Spooks says:

      Th first time I saw him was in that weird plane movie with Rachel McAdams and he was super creepy. But then I saw The Wind That Shakes The Barley ( what an amazing, amazing movie ) and fell in love. It depends on the role.

      • Holly says:

        Yeah, I last remember him from that creepy Wes Craven movie (forgot Rachel was in it). It confuses me a bit given what he’s saying about gratuitous violence and such. Thanks for the heads up for the other movie, looking for it right now!

    • phillkatt says:

      I don’t find men with feminine features like that attractive. I don’t want to date a man prettier than me!

    • GByeGirl says:

      These are the exact words I said in my head when I saw his photo.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    I never got the fuss over him. But the fact that he’s in an acid-jazz band makes me unimaginably happy, and takes me back to my uni days.

    • Sixer says:

      I was a rave gal!

      • T.Fanty says:

        Oh, me, too. We used to go up to Cream at weekends (Coventry club options were a bit limited). But we also had an acid jazz night at my uni every Thursday, which was fantastic.

      • Sixer says:

        When I finally get around to sorting out my Twitter, remind me to PM you my achingly awful story of the boiling hot day, the family barbeque, the rave, the white van, and the horrible consequences.

      • T.fanty says:

        Absolutely. And I’ll tell you about the time I went cowgirl clubbing in Wyoming.

        White vans and raving just seems like such a natural combination, btw.

      • Sixer says:


        The white van belonged to some DJs I hadn’t met before. And they weren’t just DJs. They had another, rave-appropriate, occupation that I wasn’t aware of when I got in the van. I’ll save the rest for PM!

      • T.fanty says:

        Ahh. I used to go out with the farmer who owned the land that was featured in the movie Essex Boys. I catch your drift.

      • Sixer says:

        I love it that you still say “go out with” and not “date”.

    • Kattttt says:

      My husband was friends with Cillian when he was a musician in Ireland and said his band were great, really interesting to watch but he wasn’t a great singer…

  3. Sixer says:

    Peaky Blinders is the “Churchill wasn’t such a great guy, after all” thing, isn’t it?

    He is so beautiful I just licked my Kindle.

  4. mkyarwood says:

    He IS so beautiful it hurts. Him and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are my very favorite black Irish boys of all time. OF ALL TIME.

  5. Tish says:

    Okay, he’s 37.

  6. poiup says:

    37, it says 27 in the excerpt. I was pretty startled at seeing 27 since I know he’s been in movies for years and he didn’t look like a teenager in them.

  7. blue marie says:

    this guy befuddles me, so attractive but I’ve yet to figure out why.. meh, why ask why..

    • Johanna says:

      Exaxtly! Just embrace his beauty & aura 🙂

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      He really is SO beautiful, but I’m not sure I really wanna have sex with him.

      I’d be happy just being able to stare at him in a creepy way.

    • bob says:

      He should be a sculpture, shouldn’t he. A genuinely breathtaking piece of art in alabaster.

  8. Mary says:

    Awwww, maybe he should be besties with Hiddles? In all seriousness, he was one of my favorite parts of Dark Knight Rises, so funny (in a homicidal maniac sort of way).

  9. Lisa says:

    He creeps me the f**k out.

  10. Why says:

    I’ve always been in love with youuuuuuuuuuuuu, always with you.

  11. emmie_a says:

    I’ve never heard of him before and didn’t know if he was a male or female when I saw his pic. Too pretty to be a man. Totally creepy.

  12. Elodie says:

    My Irish Prince <3 <3 <3

    SO gorgeous OMG unnnnfffffffff!!!!!

  13. Vanessa says:

    look up watching the detectives, a movie he did with Lucy Lu. There’s an awesome scene where he plays an eagles of death metal tune

  14. Tina says:

    While I can tell he’s a man his face is also kinda womanly.

  15. Quinn says:


  16. Chrissy says:

    I loved him in The Edge of Love too! He was just heart-breakingly attractive in that role. The hate I had for Keira. Haha

  17. eribra says:

    He reminds me of my younger brother so…. I do love his acting though.

  18. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Julia Roberts looks beautiful with the shorter ‘do.

  19. Axis2ClusterB says:

    His bone structure is RIDICULOUS.

  20. Esmerelda says:

    Umh, only seen him in Ken Loach’s The wind that shakes the barley, he was great in that.
    I’d love to see him in more movies, he’s beautiful and talented and a subtle actor, never hamming it up.

  21. Lemony says:

    I love him.
    He’s hot, mixed with creepy & a dash of confusion.
    Can’t explain the attraction. It’s just there.

  22. Beep says:

    He looks like cross between Eric Roberts and Kim Kardashian’s BFF, Jonathan Cheban.

  23. Stacia says:

    He has a brooding look about him- beautifully high cheekbones, artic
    ice-blue eyes, mahogany wavy locks and alabaster skin kissed with freckles. I am dazed by the look of this man. Uniquely beautiful!

  24. Gretchen says:

    Ahhhhh I’ve loved him since he did Disco Pigs…totally f*cked up love story, but he is just so beautiful. I think he’s one of those guys that looks better in motion though, still photos do tend to bring out the serial killer eyes aspect.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    Yes! A Cillian post. Such an underrated actor. I love him and his ‘serial-killer’ eyes. There’s just something so contained yet mesmerizing about him.

  26. Erin says:

    I’ve seen just about everything available that he’s done and saw him live in NYC two years ago for a one-man play. He is amazing from A-Z.

  27. bettyrose says:

    Anyone who hasn’t seen him in Breakfast on Pluto needs to remedy that right away.

  28. Mary says:

    He went to school with my younger brother. He is a nice guy apparently. i never met him but bro was pals with him. For the poster up above who mentioned Jonathan .rhys Myers both these lads are from my home town cork.

  29. Bijlee says:

    Holy crap he has kids??? Did not know that.

  30. Di says:

    The very first movie I saw him in was the one where he played a cross-dressing son on this journey of self-discovery that included finding his dad. He was so beautiful in that movie and his acting almost brought me to tears.

  31. Bread and Circuses says:

    His eyes are like freakin’ crystal. I don’t have a crush, but I get why others do.

  32. GirlyGirl says:

    I literally just slid off my chair.

    he’s hot.

  33. Stephanie says:

    He creeps me out in a major way. I don’t know why but he does.

  34. Chutzpah says:

    Im really into cheekbones ( Rupert Friend) and juicy lips (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and striking eyes (Nicholas Hoult) that’s normally my thing.

    But on this face its just creepy – I cant work out why!!

  35. Meiko says:

    The one time I met him (a crazy night in Camden a few years back) – he was very softly spoken, very drunk, shorter than I expected but very beautiful!

    The fact he was in the back of a Kebab Shop with friends and he was humble and blended in (no look at me folks) made me like him more.

    His eyes are freakishly piercing up close let alone on film. Good job he is so pretty or else he’d be on scary looking dude… (creepy pretty is preferable above I’m going to murder you in your sleep creepy)

  36. Georgia says:

    I was so excited to see this post! Love him

  37. princesslizabeth says:

    He’s got that kind of Mads Mikkelsen unique appeal. Great photos.

  38. lrm says:

    He’s 37?!?!
    wow; i saw his pic and thought young ingenue early 20’s…

    • MegG says:

      I’m a sucker for dark hair and light eyes too. He is hot! Haven’t seen Cillian in anything for a while

  39. Madpoe says:

    *raises hand* yeah I knew he was in a band I’m that fangirlie! Still dreamy to me! Ditto on the excitment for posting about him!

  40. A says:

    Cumby who? Fassy who? Hiddly what?

    THIS is my man.
    Talented, attractive, intelligent….not like them other blokes who frankly aren’t my cup of tea.