CILLIAN Murphy may have garnered massive adulation for playing J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist and director of the Manhattan Project, which developed the world’s first nuclear bomb. However, going by his recent interview, he is ready to embrace the pink.
Amid the Barbenheimer madness, Cillian has been asked a lot about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. In a recent interview, he was also asked if he’d be interested in playing a Ken in a sequel to Gerwig’s blockbuster.
“Sure, yeah. Let’s read the script, let’s have a conversation,” Murphy replied. “I can’t wait to see [‘Barbie’]. I can’t wait to see the movie. I think it’s great for cinema to get all these great movies happening this summer,” he added.
As expected, social media exploded with interesting reactions. While many referred to him as a ‘legend’, some suggested he should play the real world Ken.
Following its impressive performance in the initial four days at the box office, Barbie continues to do well on the fifth day and remains ahead of Oppenheimer. But fans continue to laud Cillian for his flawless performance as Oppenheimer.
Much like the fans, Robert Downey Jr too has been impressed floored with Cillian’s impeccable performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer.
In his recent interview with PEOPLE, Downey said, “I have never witnessed a greater sacrifice by a lead actor in my career.”
Downey, who essays the role of Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss in the film, admits he was impressed by Murphy’s “commitment” to leading Nolan’s film.
“He knew it was going to be a behemoth ask when Chris called him. But I think he also had the humility that is required to survive playing a role like this,” Downey told PEOPLE.
Actor Cillian had also admitted in an interview that he read the Bhagavad Gita to prepare for his role. He also said that the Hindu scripture was very inspiring especially since Oppenheimer relied on it for consolation. “I did read the Bhagavad Gita in preparation for the film. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful text. Very inspiring. It was a consolation to Oppenheimer. He kind of needed it. It provided a lot of consolation to him all his life.”
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