LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Cillian Murphy during an An Evening with Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy from Peaky Blinders at Esquire Townhouse with Dior at Carlton House Terrace on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images)
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Peaky Blinders Forced A Change Of Plans For Cillian Murphy's Career
Although Cillian Murphy appeared in blockbuster films like “Batman Begins” and “Inception,” the Irish actor has managed to stay almost entirely away from the limelight and maintain his privacy. The success of “Peaky Blinders,” however, transformed Murphy into a bona fide star, but that wasn’t what he expected or wanted.
The actor told GQ, “I never wanted to see my name over a title of a movie ... None of that s*** ever entered my thinking, ever.” However, once Netflix acquired the streaming rights for “Peaky Blinders,” its viewership grew tremendously, and Murphy became a star because of the show’s terrific writing and his amazing performance as the lead character Tommy Shelby.
Now that his decade-long stint on “Peaky Blinders” has wrapped up, Murphy's fans still have plenty to look forward to. The actor will be seen next in Christopher Nolan's historical war drama “Oppenheimer,” starring opposite his “A Quiet Place Part II” co-star Emily Blunt and a cast that includes big names like Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Florence Pugh.