Cillian Murphy Spurns Downey Jr.'s Kiss: Critics React

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by Zain ul Abedin
Cillian Murphy Spurns Downey Jr.'s Kiss: Critics React
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In a remarkable display of camaraderie and humor at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards, Robert Downey Jr., celebrated for his role in 'Oppenheimer,' attempted to share his excitement with co-star Cillian Murphy in an unconventional manner.

Downey Jr., awarded Best Supporting Actor, playfully leaned in for a kiss with Murphy, eliciting a wave of reactions from viewers and fans alike. This light-hearted incident occurred shortly after Murphy missed the Best Actor award for his performance in the same film, 'Oppenheimer.'

The viral clip captured a moment of genuine surprise as Downey Jr., known for his role as Ironman, approached Murphy with puckered lips. Murphy, instantly recognizable from his role in 'Peaky Blinders,' responded with a mix of shock and composure, swiftly offering both cheeks instead of the intended smooch.

Kiss Attempt: Fans React

The scene quickly became a subject of amusement among the audience and online spectators. Social media platforms buzzed with comments and jests about the exchange. One Twitter user humorously remarked, "I loved how RDJ reallllly tried to kiss Cillian on the mouth, but he didn’t give in.

I get it RDJ," highlighting the playful nature of the interaction. Another observer playfully noted the contrast in reactions, saying, "everyone kisses their partner and Cillian just got a kiss from RDJ?" Further adding to the online commentary, a third person quipped, "RDJ RISKED IT ALL TO KISS CILLIAN," while another chimed in, expressing Murphy's apparent confusion with, "CILLIAN WAS SO CONFUSED HERE HE WAS LIKE WAIT WHAT ARE WE DOING." The humorous interaction also drew references to a previous awards ceremony.

One commentator jested about Downey Jr.' s intent, saying, "RDJ wanted to leave kiss marks all over Cillian’s face," possibly alluding to the lipstick mark left by Murphy's wife on his nose at the Golden Globes, where he had won Best Actor for 'Oppenheimer.'