He began his performing career as a rock musician.
He won Best Actor at the European film festival for his role in Breakfast on Pluto.
He was nominated for best Irish actor at the film and television awards for his role in Red Eye.
Chillian can play the guitar and drums.
He is a vegetarian.
At the 9th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Cillian was awarded Film Actor of the Year for 2006.
Although he is a vegetarian, he learned to chop up meat in an abattoir for his role as a butcher in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003).
Cillian Murphy favourite Music is Jazz, Blues, Rock.
Cillian also played Rugby at Presentation Brothers College.
His favorite horror movie is The Shining.
His nickname is Cilly.
Wishes he could have worked with Robert Altman.
He wouldn't want to play in a "28 Days Later's" sequel
In the movie, "Cold Mountain" (2003) he worked for only one week. In the movie he is in one small scene
His son is called Malachy and was born December 4th, 2005, weighing 7 pounds and 5 ounces.
He greatly admires actor Liam Neeson. Looks at him as a surrogate movie dad.
Cillian Murphy spent time in a slaughterhouse to research for his role as a butcher in the period drama "Girl With A Pearl Earring."
He studied law at University College Cork (UCC).
a list for entertainers who have outstanding breakthrough performances for the year 2005. He was placed behind Terrence Howard and Matt Dillon. The magazine went on to compare him with Robert Mitchum.
He played two psychopaths in 2005 as Dr. Jonathan Crane (The Scarecrow) in Batman Begins and as Jackson Ripner in Red Eye.
He is fluent in French and Irish.
He has a younger brother, Páidi, a design engineer.
He proposed to his wife while hill-walking in Ireland.
He has two sisters, Sile and Orla.
He is married and as of 2006 has one child.
He has blue eyes.
He played Dr. Jonathan Crane A.K.E. Scarecrow in Batman Begins.
And, he got stabbed in the throat in the movie Redeye.
He is Irish.
Cillian: I think there's such a thing as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform.
Chillian: Too many filmmakers today are trying to put their work into a box. I can't stand that! Making movies is a lot of work. Let's take some risks.
Chillian: The people that I admire are like Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson (his co-stars in Breakfast on Pluto), who manage to work in those big studio movies and yet come back and make very intelligent, very worthwhile smaller films.
Cillian: I think there's such a thing, as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform.
Cillian: My wife can see always how a part affects me personally because she has to live with it.
Cillian : The best roles you have to fight for. You have to really want to do it and you have to go after it.
Cillian : It's obvious that if you're going to play a character you need to amass information about that person and about their environment or their era that they're in and use as little or as much as necessary.
Cillian : I have a deepening respect for women. It's a lot of pain. The plucking of the eyebrows is the worst. It gets better. The first time is hard.
Cillian : I don't have a burning passion to live in America per se but I would certainly like to work there.
Cillian : And in film and TV, I try to base it on the words on the page and the people involved, not so much commercial reasons.
Cillian: Journalists have a myopic view of your versatility. They're like 'You only play the creep'.
Cillian: I've a very, very close-knit group of friends from Ireland. They and my family are the most important things to me.
Cillian: Today I pick and choose my films very carefully. There's nothing I've done so far that I can't talk about with commitment and passion.
Cillian: If you behave like a celebrity, then people will treat you like a celebrity, and if you don't, they won't. There's not much to write about me in the tabloids.
Cillian: Yeah, I suppose slightly more people now can pronounce my name. It's all about recognition, isn't it? I have a funny cognizance of the fact that Hollywood is about commerce and art; it's an uncomfortable mixture of the two. People aren't going to put you in a movie unless people know who you are, and if your movie made $80 million, people will go 'Hey, we'll put him in a movie.' It isn't necessarily about the performance, so yeah, that was great and it means you get to read scripts and meet people that you wouldn't have done in the past.
Cillian: I'd probably have been wealthier if I had stayed with law, but pretty miserable doing it.
Cillian: That's what acting is about, ... Funny wigs and voices, that's what we do.
Cillian: You know, I'll get recognized when I go for a cup of coffee. I've been working a lot, so I haven't really noticed things changing, or anything different about my life. Yeah, people recognize me, and it's all very sweet and very nice, but it's not an imposition in any way. In fact in London, where I live, everybody leaves me alone. Nobody recognizes me. That's the way I'd like to keep it.
Cillian: You don't have to identify with a character to play them, you just have to understand. There's a difference, I think, between identifying with and understanding?
Cillian: I suppose I tend to like slightly darker things -- people have levelled that on me before and I accept that because in my opinion, if I mention the best movies or the best books, there's always something that's involving slightly darker element of out psyche. I like seeing people under pressure. I like seeing what happens to people when they're under pressure.
Cillian: I didn't start acting until I was 20. I wanted to be a musician. I've been playing in bands for years and years and years. It was obviously the performance in me. I loved movies as a teenager, always loved, loved films, but I never thought I'd be involved, which was obviously an insane idea. It was theatre that was the main attraction to me, so I did a lot of theatre.
Cillian: I mean, I loved Batman, but I had no broad knowledge. Thus I read the Comics and with Chris concerning the appearance of Scarecrow conversed much. About what I may not speak for the moment.
Cillian: I just think about the roles and if people like the films, that's great. I don't think about it strategically, really
Cillian: I don't know if anyone will ever sit beside me on a plane again. - on his role as a terrorist in "Red Eye
Cillian: My life is pretty good right now, I'm pretty happy. I suppose being away from home or being separated from my wife is difficult, but I'm going to take a break next year and just stop for a while.
Cillian: I like being at home with my music and my books. I've done all the partying, I've done enough partying for four or five people as a young fella. But now I like the quiet life.
Cillian: (comparing Hollywood to Ireland) It's a one-industry town, but I think you can smell it from a mile away when people are telling you what they think you want to hear. I don't care. I don't care if you hate this movie, I don't care if you think I'm s**t. I'm confident in what I do and I know I'm a good actor.
Cillian: (on being compared to Colin Farrell) I don't look like Colin Farrell, I don't behave like Colin Farrell and I do different movies than Colin Farrell. I like him, he's a good actor and I've worked with him.
Cillian: (on playing a transvestite in 'Breakfast On Pluto') I think it's interesting. I want something to challenge myself and I don't want to do the same thing over and over – that would be boring. Why do that?
The Scarecrow: There is nothing to fear, but fear itself!
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