Cillian Murphy’s captivating eyes caught the attention of the “Oppenheimer” cast on set, causing occasional distractions during scenes. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, his co-stars, admitted being entranced by his piercing gaze.
In the historical drama “Oppenheimer,” Murphy plays the titular character, J. Robert Oppenheimer, a famous American physicist recognized as the creator of the atomic bomb. Damon portrays General Leslie Groves, the military officer overseeing the Manhattan Project, while Blunt takes on the role of Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer” marks Murphy’s sixth film collaboration with Nolan, but it’s the first where he assumes the lead role. Nolan explained that he chose Murphy for the part after being struck by a photograph of him with his “crazy eyes,” recognizing his ability to convey the intensity required for the role.
The admiration for Murphy’s eyes doesn’t end there. During a group interview with People Magazine, Damon humorously described the challenge of working with Murphy and getting lost in his mesmerizing gaze, comparing it to being immersed in Billie Eilish’s song “Ocean Eyes.”
Nolan recalled being drawn to Murphy years ago, especially after seeing a photo of him in the San Francisco Chronicle during the making of “Batman Begins.” Murphy’s striking presence and shaved head intrigued Nolan, leading to his role as the villain Scarecrow in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” This collaboration marked the beginning of an enduring partnership between the actor and director, spanning over 18 years.
“Oppenheimer” explores the life of the American physicist and the historical events surrounding the development of the atomic bomb. As the cast praises Murphy’s compelling performance and intense stare, audiences eagerly await the film’s release, which promises to be a captivating portrayal of historical significance under Nolan’s direction.