“Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an
external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In
this case, a scarecrow.” | Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2004 - 2012)
Cillian Murphy talks about 9 career defining roles in a new interview with A.V. Club. Highlights below, a great read!
Darren (Disco Pigs) - I loved the sort of black or white nature to his approach to love
as, “If I can’t be with you, then I can’t be alive”—there’s something
very powerful about that, I think.
Jim (28 Days Later) - I auditioned really hard for this one. It was about five or six
auditions to kind of convince Danny that I was the right guy for the
Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Batman Begins) - It was a
exciting time for me to be working with such a gifted director. It began
of a relationship, and now I’m just about to start working with him on
Dunkirk. It’s worked out really nicely for me. He’s been very loyal to
me over the years.
Jackson Rippner (Red Eye) - I liked the duality of Jackson to be this charming, suave guy who sort
of turns out to be the devil. [Laughs.] That was the most fun part of
Kitten (Breakfast on Pluto) - I fell in love with Kitten. I still check in occasionally to see how she’s doing
Damien O’Donovon (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) - We shot that film at home in Cork, and I stayed with my parents. We were
shooting out in the hills there where I grew up, and it was a very
special kind of time.
Capa (Sunshine) - It’s a hard thing to make an original science fiction movie that’s this
sort of narrow corridor to walk down without brushing shoulders with
these extraordinary films like 2001 and Alien. But I think there’s an original take on the genre with this one.
Robert Fischer (Inception) - To play this super rich kid who has everything he could possibly want
for in the world materially, but all he actually wants is the love of
his father—that was how we wanted to portray him, as a love-starved
Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders) - I think for the first time we’ve seen that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Cillian interviewed on the red carpet on Thursday night. 1:44 in he’s asked about working with Chris Nolan on Dunkirk
Well I’m just very lucky… He’s been very loyal to me. I think he’s one of the few great original filmmakers that we have these days. It’s a pretty exciting production… It’s a joy and an honour to be working with him as always.
And lots of compliments for Harry Styles!
“We’ve got on really well and had a lot of fun… He’s a sweetheart… Nobody can be that charismatic on stage and not transfer it to film acting. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the movie.”