Cillian Murphy Unaware '28 Days Later' Was Zombie Film

Murphy Discusses Film's Impact on Horror Cinema Landscape.

by Nouman Rasool
Cillian Murphy Unaware '28 Days Later' Was Zombie Film
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In a captivating and insightful dialogue, Cillian Murphy, a luminary in both stage and cinema, recently divulged his experiences and perspectives regarding his standout performance in the 2002 cinematic milestone, '28 Days Later'

His revelations, made during a 90-minute segment of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations program, offered a fresh glimpse into this celebrated film and his iconic role within it. Murphy, whose name is synonymous with artistic excellence, candidly admitted his initial obliviousness to the film's genre.

Despite '28 Days Later' being widely acknowledged as a seminal work in the zombie thriller category, Murphy confessed, "I wasn't too aware we were making a zombie movie, to be honest with you." This revelation underscores the unique approach and vision that guided the film's creation.

Collaborating with illustrious figures such as director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland, Murphy portrayed a man emerging from a coma into a society unraveling under the strain of a catastrophic virus. This role not only showcased his profound talent but also resonated deeply with the global zeitgeist, particularly amidst concerns like the SARS outbreak and 'air rage' incidents prevalent during the film's production.

Reviving Zombie Genre

Reflecting on the cinematic landscape at the time, Murphy observed that the zombie genre was not as pervasive prior to '28 Days Later', humorously noting the genre's revival post the film's release.

He credited Boyle and Garland for their innovative contributions that reinvigorated interest in zombie-themed narratives. Moreover, Murphy's reflection on the film's heightened relevance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly striking.

He remarked on the surge of '28 Days Later' memes circulated during this period, showcasing the film's enduring impact and its uncanny parallel to contemporary global events. In the same conversation, the Oscar-nominated actor for 'Oppenheimer' expressed his readiness for a sequel, stating emphatically, "I'm Available." This statement has sparked excitement and speculation among fans and industry observers alike, eagerly anticipating the possibility of Murphy reprising his role in a follow-up to this landmark film.

Murphy's insights not only offer a behind-the-scenes look at '28 Days Later' but also affirm his status as a versatile and insightful artist, whose contributions continue to shape and enrich the cinematic landscape.