March 3, 2024

Cillian Murphy ‘Knew’ He Wasn’t Right To Play Batman In The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy

  • “Oppenheimer” star Cillian Murphy auditioned to play Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.”
  • The Irish star said he “knew” he was wrong for the role.
  • He tried on Val Kilmer’s Batsuit for his screen test before being cast as the villain, Scarecrow.

“Oppenheimer” 2023 is the sixth project between director Christopher Nolan and Irish star Cillian Murphy in the past 20 years, after they partnered on “Batman Begins” back in 2005.

The 47-year-old actor played the psychotic villain, Scarecrow, opposite Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the new reimagining of the Caped Crusader.

But Murphy auditioned to play The Dark Knight himself first, and fans got a glimpse of what his version of Batman would look like there. a documentary about Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Appearing on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast on Monday, Murphy said he “knew” he was wrong for the role.

“So that was 20 years ago. I think he saw ’28 Days Later,’ actually. We met here in LA. He, for some reason, wanted me to do a screen test for Batman, which I think I knew, and he knew, I was wrong for. And then he saw something in that and treated me as a Scarecrow,” said the actor.

Asked why he wasn’t sure about the role, Murphy said: “I don’t think I’m the physical specimen to play Bruce Wayne.”

Murphy recalled trying on Val Kilmer’s Batsuit for the screen test, explaining that it was difficult to get into, but everyone auditioning for the role wore it.

“I actually tried on Val Kilmer’s suit in the test, it’s quite roomy. It’s a fucking operation to get into those things, though,” said Murphy.

Although he knew he wasn’t the right person to play the billionaire vigilante, Murphy said he relished the opportunity to don the Batsuit and try out for Nolan.

“It wasn’t right. It wasn’t right. Imagine this, I’m going to try on a suit, a Batman suit, on the Warner on a tree, and do a screen test for Christopher Nolan. That’s all my expectations were at the time,” said the “Peaky Blinders” star.

The actor also praised Bale for his work as Bruce Wayne in the “Dark Knight” trilogy, adding: “He transformed himself in that role, and he did it many times. I think he defined the that role as Batman.”

“Oppenheimer” is in theaters Friday.

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