Cillian Murphy at the Dublin ‘Dunkirk’ premiere: gorgeous or ‘startled alien’?

Irish premiere of 'Dunkirk' - Arrivals

I apologize for forgetting Cillian Murphy in the London premiere photos of Dunkirk last week. As a gift, here are photos of Cillian Murphy at the Dublin premiere of Dunkirk on Monday night. He was the only star – ?? – there, which makes me wonder if the studio just organized a small little Irish premiere solely for the one Irish star? Perhaps. While Cillian Murphy looked like a ghost at the London premiere – I’ll post those photos at a later date – I actually think he looks amazing here. That suit is great, his Peaky Blinders hair doesn’t look so bad, and he doesn’t look so much like a “startled alien.” I’ll never really understand why so many ladies are so hot for him though. Yes, he’s beautiful. But hot? No. Not really.

Meanwhile, have you read any of the reviews of Dunkirk? People are already raving about it. Critics are in love. Dunkirk is already being called one of the biggest Oscar-contenders of the year. It’s being called Christopher Nolan’s finest and best film, and a must-see “war movie.” Interestingly enough, many critics are praising the script too, which I always find is Nolan’s Achilles – much like Ridley Scott, Nolan has a great vision and he can make a mediocre (or even bad) script work and it’s not until days later that you’re like “oh, those plot holes.” But critics say the story – fictionalized characters within the true story of Dunkirk – is brilliantly handled, script-wise. Also great: critics say that Nolan doesn’t engage in “war p0rn,” a la Mel Gibson. Nice.

Irish premiere of 'Dunkirk' - Arrivals

Irish premiere of 'Dunkirk' - Arrivals

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. justme says:

    Love Cillian Murphy and I am really looking forward to Dunkirk. Nice to have a movie not about superheroes or aliens. The reviews I have read are overwhelmingly positive.

    • Nem says:

      Lucky you!
      I ‘m kind of over some ww1-ww2 kind of narratives.
      In my country as children, you’re badly fed until you break with conventional views and focus about this as if it was the alpha and the Omega of war and history.
      It s a shame as when i was given the chance to talk people who have lived through it, their stories were incredibly informative and interesting. Maybe it is because it was the only country to collaborate with the nazis.

  2. Eira says:

    Thank you. The pictures are great. Love the suit and the hair is growing back nicely.

  3. Sixer says:

    *sighs* *lusts* *sighs again*

    Not STARTLED alien, dear Kaiser – Alien BEAUTY. I won’t have it otherwise.

  4. ElleC says:

    Has anyone seen this yet? The trailers looked amazing but I’m wondering how thick a fog of sadness/nihilism I should expect to follow me out of the theater?

    • Mia4s says:

      Haven’t seen it but haven’t heard it described as sad or nihilistic at all. Mostly as “moving”.

      I have also read though that it’s crazy tense! Under 2 hours as well. I’m very intrigued.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Oh, my alien beauty, how I have missed you! Mimosas and fresh strawberries on the veranda

  6. teacakes says:

    I freely admit it, I’m hot for him and have been since Disco Pigs (yes, I know). But then I have a thing for alien-looking men, and I love his otherworldly beauty.

    Also Cillian doesn’t look nearly as spooky as he used to when he was younger, in fact this is probably the most conventional he’s ever looked, these pics.

  7. Cleo says:

    I usually intensely dislike war movies because they almost always veer into one-sided, propaganda-fueled bloated messes, but I’m so pumped for “Dunkirk.” I love Nolan, and it seems more like an inspirational, universal story using war as a framing device rather than a movie ABOUT a specific war.

    And HONK for the Cilliest of the Murphies!

  8. frisbee says:

    He’s weird looking AND beautiful AND (to me) non sexual all at the same time, it makes him fascinating but not fanciable and compulsively watchable. He’s a really interesting actor because of it all.

  9. Miss S says:

    I don’t have the hots for him, just pure admiration by how he carries himself and how good he is at picking the right projects. He has that balance between enjoying acting and being professional and committed without being too precious about it.

  10. zeynep says:

    It’s exactly because he looks like a startled alien that he is so gorgeous imo.

    I saw a review of the film in the Times today – seemed to go against the grain of the other reviews by giving it only two stars. More bombast than feeling and very muddled according to them.

  11. Sansa says:

    A mans man and all that. Beautiful eyes.

  12. BlueSky says:

    I always get a David Byrne vibe when I see him.

  13. Kate says:

    TOMMY SHELBY *heart eyes*

  14. Zeddy says:

    Funny story: my mom and I were shopping a few years back and as we were leaving the mall he walked in. He is STUNNING in person. Seriously, pictures do not do him justice.

    • teacakes says:

      I’m so jealous right now.

    • SM says:

      Oh wow. He is one of these people you wonder how they would look like in person. Because he is somewhere on the verge of gorgeous and alien on earth

      • Zeddy says:

        Definitely gorgeous and no alien. My mom dropped her bags and mouth wide open just stared at him. Still the best looking man we’ve seen to this day.

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  16. Katherine says:

    Sigh. He’s great.

  17. kb says:

    he is the perfect looking man.

  18. themummy says:

    He’s a startling and very strange looking man, isn’t he?

  19. hogtowngooner says:

    I like him as an actor but I don’t really get his appeal looks-wise but to each their own.

    I LOVE the shade of blue of his suit. With a pair of cognac shoes…. damn.

    I am so excited for Dunkirk. Early press says it’s very good.

  20. SM says:

    Thank you for this gift:) I love Cillian. And I really can’t explain it, but I usually find it hard to separate the hotness from talent and he deffinitely has some and then more. So this is why I love him. And he does look especially good here with the hair and well tailored suit.

  21. Erica_V says:

    I might be the only one but I hate war movies. To me – it’s not remembrance or a way to honor – it’s profiting off the dead. These were real men, real fathers, real brothers, real husbands. It’s just creepy to me that people pay money to watch the fictionalization of real deaths as entertainment.

    • frisbee says:

      The reviews have specifically pointed out this film is not ‘war porn’ which is what you seem to be saying, and ITA I hate that too. The story is not about a battle but about getting hundreds of thousands of stranded soldiers home with no resources. Eventually a flotilla of ordinary British sailors crossed the channel to get them back. Its a famous story in British history, even now people talk about ‘the Dunkirk spirit’ so,I can see how the sheer drama of it would attract film makers. It’s got brilliant reviews so it might be worth a go at some point.

  22. Julia says:

    Amazing actor

  23. Victoria says:

    Ah crap, I was invited to this and I didn’t go! Irish premieres are always small, mostly for media and local celebs. The other guy in the pics there is another young Irish actor that’s in Dunkirk also.

  24. Madpoe says:

    Thank-you Thank-you!

    Love me some Cillian Murphy!

    Can’t believe its been 15 years since “28 Days Later” when I first noticed him.