Fans thrilled with Cillian Murphy’s exceptional portrayal of the father of the atomic bomb in Oppenheimer might just find a reason to rewatch the film! The actor’s determination and focus on fine details have finally paid off.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy felt quite happy when asked about one detail in his character that most of the viewers might have missed. During a Q&A at the Santa Barbra International Film Festival, the actor was thrilled after Robert Durling questioned about his nicotine-stained fingers. To ensure the film’s high quality and authenticity in J. Robert Oppenheimer’s appearance, Murphy revealed that his makeup artists worked hard to highlight those stains on his fingers.

Cillian Murphy’s Significant Effort in Making Oppenheimer Has Been Acknowledged

Cillian Murphy proved his determination and passion for acting by putting extra effort into portraying J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan‘s epic. However, the actor’s attention to detail might have been missed by many, and this is what Murphy thought until now. Since the director made Oppenheimer with an IMax camera, the Peaky Blinders star needed to ensure the film’s quality and how he’s contributing towards it.

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Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer

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During a conversation at the Santa Barbra International Film Festival, Cillian Murphy was pleased when Robert Durling asked him about Oppenheimer’s nicotine-stained fingers and how incredibly the makeup artists highlighted them. While explaining his dedication, the Red Eye star said (via X):

“I’m so glad you noticed that! Our amazing makeup artist Luisa Abel — we did that every single day and I would get really into the detail. But then I was like, ‘No one’s ever gonna see this.’ I’m so glad you saw that!”

And this is why fans are obsessed with some of Cillian Murphy’s characters, as the actor is so detailed about every element of his portrayals, and can go above and beyond to ensure the best quality. So, if you’ve missed his cigarette-stained fingers, this is the chance to rewatch Oppenheimer and commend the Oscar-nominated actor for his exceptional work.

Cillian Murphy Has a Unique Portrayal Approach For His On-Screen Characters

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy has often opened up about his unique take on characters and how he focuses more on withholding emotions. While many actors prefer flooding several emotions through their roles, Murphy is the polar opposite of this approach. According to the Inception actor, less is more, which makes a difference in his work.

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While talking about playing the titular role in last year’s summer blockbuster, Murphy said (via IndieWire):

“For me, the whole art of it is that you have to withhold more than you add. Do you know, by withholding, you let the audience join the dots emotionally? To me, that’s the sort of acting that I aspire to.”

The Dunkirk star explained that by holding back most of the emotions, he’s allowing the audience to connect deeply with the character and decode the emotions themselves. The actor wants the audience to decide how they perceive the complexity of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and since he’s not an easy character to understand, withholding emotions was the best way according to Cillian Murphy.

Oppenheimer is available on Prime Video.

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