After winning Best Actor at the Oscars, Cillian Murphy shares Tommy Shelby’s future and provides an update on the Peaky Blinders movie

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Cillian Murphy provided an update on Tommy Shelby’s future in Peaky Blinders after his historic Oscars win for Best Actor.

The actor gained international recognition for his portrayal in Oppenheimer, but he was previously best known for his part as the northern gangster in the BBC drama.

Cillian Murphy
BBC

Although there has been much conjecture over the past few months regarding the movie adaptation that creator Stephen Knight is working on, Cillian has now hinted that he might never play Tommy Shelby again.

Asked if he was happy to retire from the role of Tommy, he said after the ceremony: “I loved playing him. He was exhausting and so wildly different for me that each time going back was kind of a journey.”

“I’m really not sentimental about work. I feel like the next thing is the most exciting thing. And I mean, it was a ten-year period in my life, so it is significant, but I always feel, like, let’s keep moving.”

Last month, Murphy said he would be happy to reprise his role as Tommy Shelby if Knight made a Peaky Blinders movie.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs, she admitted she was ‘relieved’ when the BBC drama ended in 2022 – but is now ‘absolutely on board’ with the film adaptation.

Cillian also indicated that the program’s writer, Steven Knight, had more stories about the Birmingham-based Shelby clan and their criminal activities between the 1880s and 1910s.

Cillian explained, “I have always said that if Knight delivers a script that I know he can deliver, because he is such a phenomenal writer, I’ll be there. If we want to watch 50-year-old Tommy Shelby, let’s do it.”

Cillian was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 96th Academy Awards for his performance in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

Cillian Murphy
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In his speech Cillian told the star-studded room he was “a very proud Irishman standing here tonight” before dedicating his win to “peacemakers everywhere”.

Fans praised him for his ‘heartfelt’ words, calling him a ‘true gentleman’ as he signed off with a nod to his Irish heritage.

‘Go raibh míle maith agaibh,’he added, ‘, which translates to “a thousand thank yous”.

Speaking in the press room after his statue was unveiled, Murphy told reporters: “I’m a bit dazed, I’m very overwhelmed. I am very humbled. I am very grateful and you know very proud to be Irish standing here today.

“It really means a lot to me. I don’t know if I said that in my speech, because I don’t remember what I said.”

“I wanted to say that I think we in Ireland are really good at supporting artists and I think we need to continue to support the next generation of artists and actors and directors. I think this is very important. That’s all I have to say.”

When asked if he was ‘satisfied’ about being remembered for his role as atomic bomb scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the film, the actor replied: “Very content. I mean, you have to move on, but this has been a huge, huge moment for me.”

‘The movie is so special to me, and myself and [director] Chris [Nolan] have such a special relationship.’

“And I just feel very privileged to be able to continue to work with him and I’m very proud that this is a film that is provocative, and that asks questions, and is challenging, but yet so many people went to see it, so I’m really really proud of it,” Cillian added.

Cillian added of her relationship with director Christopher Nolan: “It’s very special. We have been working together for 20 years. I think he’s a great director, he’s an extraordinary writer, he’s an extraordinary director of actors.”

“He presents this film like no one else does in the world, and I just can’t believe my luck. I did a screentest for him when I was a kid, and I thought that would be it and it would just be enough to be in a room with Chris for a couple of hours, and here we are. So, I’m just so humble and thankful.”

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Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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