Cillian Murphy: ‘I’ll never go to bed hungry again for a movie’ role

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy is so pretty it hurts, but I have mixed feelings about his new Peaky Blinders haircut. That’s why these photos are all slightly dated. Cillian has a new interview in the Independent to promote his role in Transcendence, which might make a buck or two in the UK. Probably not, but I’m trying to sound optimistic about the latest Johnny Depp clunker. (By the way, Johnny’s Mortdecai has just been shuffled to a February 2015 release. Ouch.)

Cillian doesn’t talk much about Transcendence here except for a few quotes about technology. He talks a lot more about In the Heart of The Sea. That’s the Chris Hemsworth film about real-life 1800s events that inspired Hermin Melville’s Moby Dick. Both Chris and Cillian lost weight to mimic their character’s starvation at sea. Cillian says never again. He admires Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s physical transformations for Dallas Buyer’s Club. Cillian is less enthused about his own weight loss. I can’t blame him. It sounds miserable — even though Cillian’s already thin and only had 15 pounds to lose. Here are some excerpts:

Losing weight for In the Heart of The Sea: “Going to bed hungry is not something I want to do again. And there were actors of different sizes so it was kind of, let’s just say, there was more demand on others. But it was very hard. It was a sort of film of two halves. The first half was a tank in London and it was amazing. They built this whole ship and put it in this faux-Nantucket port. It was incredible. Then we went to the Canary Islands, shot a couple of weeks out there, where we had to film out in the ocean and lose a load of weight. That was difficult, I won’t deny that. The first part was great. The second part was hard.”

Did he lose weight for an Oscar shot? “The story has to justify it. There’s no point getting skinny just to win awards. With Dallas Buyers, it was justified, and Matthew and Jared were both amazing in it. As of now. I’m looking for a role that I can get fat. Or even just portly.”

Does he want to do a comedy? “Let’s just see if Judd Apatow sends me a script. The thing is, I’ve done a lot of comedy over the years, but just no one has seen it. Misterman [Enda Walsh’s one-man play] was full of physical comedy. But I guess I don’t get sent those scripts. And I suppose the pieces of art I’ve always been drawn to, from Shakespeare to Dostoevsky, there’s more at stake when it’s the end of the world, as opposed to The Wedding Planner. There’s more scope for drama.”

Is he hip to technology? “How can I put this simply? I buy a lot of vinyl, but I have a Spotify account. I kind of try and keep a foot in both camps though I don’t do any social media or any of that stuff. But the idea of artificial intelligence and uploading yourself to the web, it’s fascinating. Will technology take over?”

His kids are naturals: “The kids are digital natives. They know nothing else so they can’t conceive a world that isn’t instantaneous. But you can still write letters and send stuff by post. Go into a shop and not buy something online. I try and keep them reminded of that. You’ve got to monitor [internet use], but it’s very much putting a thumb in the dam of technology. It’s inevitable, you can’t keep them away from it. Anyway, they’re not at that stage yet but I’ll have to make that decision when that time comes. It’s frightening, but it’s inexorable. You just have to be smart.”

[From The Independent]

Most parents will get what Cillian’s saying about his kids being “digital natives.” All of our children are better at it then we are. They’re usually educating their own grandparents on how to use a cell phone, right? I try to explain to my daughter that writing a research paper used to involve going to a brick-and-mortar library. With a card catalog! And microfiche! She looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language.

Cillian’s take on weight loss for a movie is similar to Jennifer Lawrence’s refusal to ever go that far for a part. I doubt his words will have as big a splash as hers, but the sentiment is the same. Cillian was throwing no shade at Matthew & Jared at all. He simply refuses to ever put his body though such misery again. I understand – he looked really unhealthy in these on-set pictures.

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. blue marie says:

    So pretty..
    My nephew knows my iPhone better than I do and it annoys the hell out of me. After he comes over for a visit it takes me an hour to figure out how he changed it and change it back.

  2. Tatjana says:

    Seriously underrated actor. I hope he gets some nominations for Peaky Blinders, he’s amazing. And the series is great, too.

  3. Loopy says:

    Is his name pronounce with a SI or Chi? He does have nice eyes though.

    • QQ says:

      I think Kill-ian is how ive always heard it said but YES PLEASE instructions on how to whisper his name in bed!

    • Jen says:

      Killian. He’s Irish.

    • Eve says:

      That’s a VERY important question, Loopy. We’ve got to know how to properly call him while we’re in bed (and bathrooom, and sofa, and dinner table, and…).

    • Paul Ó Duḃṫaiġ says:

      “C” is always pronounced as a hard sound (K) in Irish. One reason why you get anglisactions with K.

      For example:
      Cillian -> Killian
      Cian -> Kian
      Ciara -> Kiara/Keira
      Ciarán -> Kiaran/Kiaran

  4. allons-y alonso says:

    One of the most underrated actors ever. I loved him in Sunshine.

    • Godwina says:

      He is the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen in Sunshine. That auburn hair… There is no Cillian like Sunshine Cillian. Lawd.

    • Eve says:

      Sunshine is one of my favourite sci-fi movies of all time.

      • Shijel says:

        I have a habit of going to sleep with a movie still playing. Something to do with my constant need to be in ‘some other world’.

        My go-to go-to-sleep film? Sunshine. Sometimes Moon with Sam Rockwell, but mostly Sunshine. I’ve a tough time falling asleep without waking up multiple times, so it’s nice to glance at that film. The acting is superb and visually it really is one of the most stunning films I’ve ever seen.

    • Malificent says:

      Yeah, I appreciate that he doesn’t just bring the pretty — he’s a really fine actor.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    It’s probably really hard to lose 15 pounds if you’re already thin. I hope he doesn’t lose his pretty like Matthew McC.

  6. poppy says:

    his face is strange in a good way.

  7. bettyrose says:

    I actually bought Breakfast on Pluto back when DVDs were a relevant technology. He’s just a lad in it so I swear I’m not just watching it to swoon over his bone structure. He’s a truly wonderful actor who’s also genetically blessed.

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    Into the Heart of the Sea is one of my favorite books ever and an unbelievable true story about human capacity to survive against all odds. But stories about the 1800s Nantucket whaling industry are not for everyone. I hope the movie does well.

    • coffee says:

      Its one of my favorite books too. I was interested in buying the film rights to the book when it came out but it was already bought by some production company. I guess a lot of people have wanted to make this into a movie. Can’t wait to see it. But it better be good!!!

  9. Ninks says:

    He spends a lot of time in my hometown, so I see him around from time to time. He’s tiny, so I can’t imagine where he lost those 15lbs from and it must have been so difficult for him.

  10. Kelly says:

    I am getting a little tired of the transformation style of acting. Why don’t they just, I don’t know, act. I can’t imagine Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, or Ingrid Bergman going through all that.

  11. Tania says:

    Love him, I could stare at him all day. More CM please!

  12. shellybean says:

    I think he is so freaking hot. Beautiful. He is mesmerizing to look at.

  13. Shijel says:

    He used to be pretty. Now he shows visible signs of aging. Can’t call it pretty anymore, but he might just make a very interesting-looking middle-aged to old man. And I enjoy his acting and I enjoy his interviews.

    But then I have a seriously soft spot for all of the cast of Sunshine.

  14. Dommeh Dearest says:

    All day and night. Might need to construct a Scarecrow mask to have extra fun. You know, to test his acting capabilities in intense situations.

  15. Jaana says:

    i love Cillian, he is so underrated. i love Peaky Blinders too, and his haircut is what got me from the start.

  16. MadPoe says:

    I love this man. Thanks for the write up! 🙂

  17. ramona says:

    I saw Cillian in Misterman and he was unbelievable. You can’t imagine how physical the role was – imagine insanity, then multiply it by thirty, this dude simply didn’t stop moving – but I think I’d kinda debate with him that the play was a comedy. Physical comedy, yes; thematically quite dark.

    He’s absolutely superb on stage; I hope he takes a role here in London again soon.