The period film, which also marks Murphy’s breakthrough role after winning hearts in the crime series Peaky Blinders, is eyeing major wins at the Academy Awards after getting its nomination.
A still of Cillian Murphy from Oppenheimer
Even after a film is released, its post-credit scenes and the behind-the-scenes moments bring back the thrill of acing the reel characters for an actor. Recently, the star of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster, Oppenheimer – Cillian Murphy revealed his favorite scene from the epic film and it’s not what you think. He further shares the challenges while shooting that ‘peculiar’ scene.
Oppenheimer scene and its challenges
The period film, which also marks Murphy’s breakthrough role after starring and winning hearts in the crime series Peaky Blinders, is eyeing major wins at the Academy Awards. In Oppenheimer, Murphy portrays the titular character of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Christopher Nolan’s directorial brings the Irish actor in the seasoned role of the father of the atomic bomb, spearheading the scientific discoveries. The star-studded ensemble cast also features, Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer’s wife), Matt Damon (project head), Robert Jr () atomic energy commission member) in pivotal roles
In a candid conversation, the Oppenheimer star revealed his favorite scene and it appears that the small interrogation room and the happenings in there is the chosen one for him.
The 47-year-old actor also reminisced about the challenges of filming that particular courtroom scene in a tiny 'bureaucratic space,' that was tough to film with huge IMAX cameras in sight.
“We’d been through it all together. It was this insanely ambitious schedule — we shot it in 57 days, and we’re flying all over the country. In the end, we ended up in this tiny, awful, shitty little bureaucratic space, with the crew shoved at the end of the room with a huge IMAX camera and everyone squished in. It did get pretty fruity in there a couple of times,” Murphy told IndieWire.
He further disclosed that the whole sequence was shot in the end, thus adding that special memories touch to it and becoming his favorite in the meantime.
The Peaky Blinders actor also confessed that the phenomenal scene reminded him of his theatre days when so many people worked together in a closed space. He also lauded the seasoned director/writer of Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan for converting his vision into a masterpiece without the need to delete any scenes.
Oppenheimer is a biographical film based on the book, it narrates the challenges of leading a scientific development project and also delves deep into his career, scientific discoveries, and eventual downfall during the World War era. It is a tough contender for a plethora of Oscar categories and also is anticipated to line up Murphy in the categories of Best actor.
The film is available to watch on rent and is available on several streaming platforms, including Prime, Zee5, and Youtube.