Cillian Murphy talks about his Sex Scenes in Oppenheimer: ‘They are vital in this movie’

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Cillian Murphy plays the role of Robert J. Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. This is the 6th movie in which Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy are working together, with the latter’s first in the lead role. Many fans are claiming this to be Christopher Nolan’s best movie yet. Oppenheimer has made over $250 million worldwide in its opening week. 

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is based on the life of the physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer who helped the United States develop the world’s first atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy does a fantastic job of playing the lead role. Alongside Cillian, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, and Florence Pugh are some honorable mentions who are commended for their respective roles.

Oppenheimer is the first movie to be shot on MAX 65MM and 65MM wide format film. Nolan’s movies are known for the use of practical effects in them and he delivers in Oppenheimer. 

Cillian Murphy And Christopher Nolan
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Cillian Murphy as Robert J. Oppenheimer. 

In an interview with GQ magazine, Cillian talks about how it was playing the role of the physicist. Cillian Murphy is known for the complexity of his roles, from a gangster in the streets of London to a physicist, Cillian has done it all. 

“Inevitably, if you play a character for a long time, and I was researching him for six months, then shooting it for however long that was. And you’re playing them 18 hours a day every day. By osmosis, you’re exchanging atoms, You become consumed or immersed [by it], that’s just the way it is.” says Cillian

Florence Pugh And Cillian Murphy In Oppenheimer
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A particular sex scene with Jean Tatlock (Florence Pugh) created a lot of buzz. In the scene, Oppenheimer is quoting a text from the Hindu Scripture, ‘Bhagavad Dita’, which is “I have become Death, Destroyer of Worlds” while having sex with Jean Tatlock. 

“I think they were vital in this in this movie. I think the relationship that he has with Jean Tatlock is one of the most crucial emotional parts of the film. I think if they’re key to the story then they’re worthwhile. Listen, no one likes doing them, they’re the most awkward possible part of our job. But sometimes you have to get on with it.” is what Murphy had to say about the scene. 

Matt Damon And Cillian Murphy
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When asked about his role in Peaky Blinders and any new updates, Cillian Murphy says he is not so sure about that role. 

“I’m waiting to hear, but it’s a tricky time with all these strikes and everything going on. I’ve always said that if there’s more story to tell, I’d be there.” says Cillian “Maybe there’ll be a Peaky Blinders film.”

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Levin Plassery
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