Cillian Murphy Discusses Challenges of Fame

Exploring Cillian Murphy's Personal Struggle with Rising Stardom

by Zain ul Abedin
Cillian Murphy Discusses Challenges of Fame
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Now, making waves with the latest movie 'Oppenheimer' is the popular and celebrated actor Cillian Murphy, with his intriguing character in 'Peaky Blinders.' This is a movie that has received no less than 13 Oscar nominations, and this has definitely put Murphy in the limelight of Hollywood's grandest stage.

Murphy, 47, plays the part of Robert Oppenheimer, the famous 'father of the nuclear bomb,' in a performance that has seen him draw a nomination for the Best Actor category. The competition will come from Bradley Walsh in 'Maestro,' Jeffrey Wright in 'American Fiction,' Paul Giamatti in 'The Holdovers,' and Colman Domingo in 'Rustin.'

Yet, Murphy is the one who is the frontrunner for the Oscar, who has his event on Sunday, the 10th of March. His portrayal has already won him a Golden Globe, adding to the expectations for the coming Oscars. In an interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs' earlier this month, Murphy got candid about his journey in the limelight.

Responding to Laverne's comments on enjoying the success, Murphy noted, "You'd be an eejit not to enjoy it." But pressed on being now one of the most recognizable actors, even more so with 'Oppenheimer's' massive Oscar attention, he finally acknowledged that it may even have been somewhat "hard to deal with.

Murphy on Fame's Impact

Murphy, who is a private person by nature, has been married to Yvonne McGuinness for 19 years. Together, the couple has two teenage sons, Malachy, 17, and Aran, 16. His requirements for a very low profile life are obviously opposite to his still ascending status, especially after his iconic role as Tommy Shelby in 'Peaky Blinders.'

Discussing the impact of fame on his personal life, Murphy, who returned to Ireland with his children to give them an Irish upbringing, said he had "struggled" with fame. "I mean, it's something I've struggled with in the past, and, you know, it's not something that I'm ever totally at ease with, but, I think that you have to, like, choose to enjoy it," he said.

He felt it "lovely" and comforting to have the family around for events. Family life should be stable and secure, according to Murphy. He views his family as the "island of comfort and ease," that needs to be maintained between the busy whirlwind of his professional life.

This anchoring influence, he feels, is important in avoiding all the complications and pressure accompanying fame in the industry of entertainment.