January 13th, 2015 / Posted By Rachel
I’ve added HD screen captures from the new trailers for Cillian’s upcoming film, In the Heart of the Sea into the gallery. Based on the 1820 event, In the Heart of the Sea follows a whaling ship that is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland and Brendan Gleeson. It is set for release on March 15, 2015. Take a look at the trailer below and head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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December 1st, 2013 / Posted By Rachel
Film stars Johnny Depp and Cillian Murphy caused a stir when they stopped off for lunch in a picturesque Co Westmeath village yesterday. The Hollywood stars were accompanied by acclaimed author JP Donleavy and film director Bob Mitchell at award-winning Weirs Pub and Restaurant in Multyfarnham.
Co-owner of Weirs, Pat Weir, said it was a normal busy Sunday until Mr Donleavy’s son Philip booked a table for nine for 2.30pm.
“One of the waitresses came in and said you will never believe what is going on, Johnny Depp and Cillian Murphy are here,” he recalled. “They were so cool, they were so laid back about it,” Mr Weir remarked. They appeared to enjoy their stay and “even after lunch they had pints. The problem for us was that nobody would leave their tables,” Mr Weir explained.
“Nobody made a fuss till they were leaving.”
As they departed the stars happily signed autographs and posed for pictures. “They are two absolute gentlemen – you couldn’t meet nicer,” said Mr Weir.
September 8th, 2013 / Posted By Rachel
Cillian Murphy menaces in a new drama, but has plans… Holly Williams met him
We are living – so the story goes – in a golden age of television: long-form narratives sprawl and stretch over six, 12, 20 episodes, allowing ambiguity, nuance, subtle character development. Bigger budgets mean better production values, and hip soundtracks are de rigueur. From HBO big hitters to Scandi noir to British grime drama, television is the medium of the moment.
So mused Cillian Murphy to himself one day. His next thought was, “Why don’t I ever get sent any [television] scripts?” Good question: after all, at 37 he’s lit up the big screen in smart science-fictions such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and Inception, and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and 28 Days Later. He’s done his time on indie movies, playing everything from a charming trans woman in Breakfast on Pluto to a 1920s IRA fighter in Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Then there’s the stage career – a lucky break in Enda Walsh’s 1996 hit play Disco Pigs kick-started not only his career, but also another fertile, frequent collaboration; Murphy performed Walsh’s one-man show Misterman recently, and will star in his new play, Ballyturk, next year.
But television never came a-knockin’. Fortunately, he has “a very good agent”, and the next day two episodes of Peaky Blinders landed on the mat. Now we’re meeting, many months later, to discuss the six-part BBC2 show. “The title made no sense to me whatsoever,” – us neither, Cillian – “but [the scripts] were so compelling and confident, and the character was so rich and complex, layered and contradictory. I was like, ‘I have to do this.'”
The Peaky Blinders are a family of gangsters. Murphy plays their smart, scheming, if troubled, young leader – running black markets on the mean streets of Birmingham in 1919. The name is one a real gang went by, sewing razor blades into their caps – all the better to slash your foes with – and the drama is based on accounts from Brummie screenwriter Steven Knight’s extended family. Making his television debut too (after scripting the films Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things), Knight puts his home town on the small screen with élan.