Cillian Murphy Responds to Matt Damon's 'Worst Dinner Guest' Remark

Exploring Behind-the-Scenes Chemistry in 'Oppenheimer'.

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Cillian Murphy Responds to Matt Damon's 'Worst Dinner Guest' Remark
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Famous actor Cillian Murphy, currently in the limelight for his role in Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer," has recently been jokingly dubbed as the "worst dinner companion one could ever imagine" by co-star Matt Damon. But Damon's comment was not based on Murphy the person but on his pure conviction to his work, something that seemed even more pronounced to those around him, in this case while on set for "Oppenheimer." In an interview with "60 Minutes" host Scott Pelley, Murphy confessed as to why Damon would make such a seemingly casual remark.

According to Murphy, his all-consuming approach to his roles leaves little space for social interactions while on set. "When you're being the character, there's very little room in your head for anything else," he said, careful to keep away any distracting thoughts of living up to something else other than his lines in the course of shooting.

Murphy on Set Dynamics

But Murphy said: "We have never been lovers, despite Damon's light-hearted jibe." Post-filming, he said he and Damon, celebrating for his part in "Good Will Hunting," have had many nice dinners while promoting the movie.

"You just don't have the room in your head [while filming] and you want as much sleep as possible," Murphy commented, shining light on the extortions of his acting process. "Oppenheimer" tells a compelling story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who of course famously has been known as the father of the atomic bomb.

The movie also features Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, and Josh Hartnett, giving it a superb cast together with Murphy and Damon at the heart of it all. In this light, Murphy admired his co-stars and thought about their talent and special camaraderie on the film set.

He remembered Blunt with whom he had worked before on 'A Quiet Place Part II,' and their collaboration was very successful thanks to Nolan’s thoughtful casting. The film released on July 21 to critical success and there are nominations at the Oscars Awards for 13 categories, including Best Actor for Murphy and in the category of Best Supporting Role for Blunt and Downey Jr.

The 96th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled for March 10 at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, is sure to be a night that will be talked about, and will air on ABC.

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