June 17, 2024

Cillian Murphy’s ‘Ocean Eyes’ was a distraction on the set of ‘Oppenheimer’

  • The “Oppenheimer” team said that they were always looking out for Cillian Murphy while on set.
  • “It’s a real problem when you’re doing scene work with Cillian,” said Matt Damon People Magazine.
  • Christopher Nolan previously revealed that he cast Murphy for the title role because of his intense study.

Do you ever get lost in Cillian Murphy’s strange blue eyes? You’re not the only one – it seems even the actor’s co-stars on “Oppenheimer” weren’t immune to his striking sight.

And it can be a little distracting on set, said Murphy’s co-star Matt Damon People Magazine in a group interview with Murphy and Emily Blunt.

“It’s a real problem when you’re doing scene work with Cillian,” Damon said. “Sometimes you find yourself just swimming in their eyes.”

“It’s like the song ‘Ocean Eyes’ by Billie Eilish. We just hum it all day long,” Blunt added.

Murphy plays the title character in “Oppenheimer,” a historical drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb.

Damon is the military officer who supervised General Leslie Groves The Manhattan Projectand Blunt plays the role of Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer.

The film is directed by Christopher Nolan, who previously said The Hollywood Reporter that it was an obvious decision to cast Murphy in the lead role.

Cillian Murphy as Robert J. Oppenheimer in "Oppenheimer" next to black and white of Oppenheimer.

Cillian Murphy as Robert J. Oppenheimer in “Oppenheimer” near black and white of Oppenheimer.

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“I’ve been staring at the cover of the book ‘American Prometheus’ for many months, and this photo, black and white, a light blue-eyed star, very intense, of this man,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I thought, ‘Well, I know who could do that.'”

“Oppenheimer” is Murphy’s sixth film with Nolan, but the first in which he takes the lead role.

During a debate between the director and Murphy who published Entertainment Weekly in May, Nolan said he was first drawn to Murphy as an actor all those years ago because of his “crazy eyes.”

“I remember I was up in San Francisco writing ‘Batman Begins’ and there was something in the San Francisco Chronicle about ’28 Days Later.’ I saw a picture of you with your shaved head and crazy eyes merciless,” Nolan said.

“I remember being struck by your presence, literally from that one photo, and then I started seeing who you were, and what you did, and I was really excited to meet you, and do a screen test for Batman,” the filmmaker told Murphy.

The Irish actor landed the role of the villain Scarecrow in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, creating an 18-year partnership between the two. Murphy will go on to play the heir of a wealthy businessman in Nolan’s “Inception” and will appear as a soldier in the filmmaker’s war film “Dunkirk.”

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