Cillian Murphy admits he's 'not all there' when filming Peaky BlindersAugust 20, 2019
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has admitted he’s ‘not all there’ when he’s in the midst of filming the show.
The 43-year-old stars as MP for Birmingham and TBC-reformed gangster, Tommy Shelby, with the fifth season of the show airing soon.
The actor, who shares sons Malachy, 13, and Aran, 12 with his wife Yvonne McGuinness, revealed that he has to ‘cancel reality for a little while’ while filming – and it all sounds just a little unsettling.
He went on to explain to Radio Times: ‘Part of acting in film and television is that you have to go from sitting around in a trailer twiddling your thumbs, doing the crossword or whatever, to bang! Being in it. So if you’re coming from a standstill, it doesn’t work.’
The star added: ‘So she’s right, I’m not all there when I’m filming. And in terms of life when we’re filming: I don’t socialise, I just go home, learn the lines, go to bed.’
Fans are eagerly waiting the return of the beloved show. However, all does not seem well with Tommy, after Cillian previously hinted that the character’s mental state could be set to decline.
He said: ‘I think this year feels to me, a bit more about the inside of Tommy’s head, a little more, whereas last year was very much like external forces, you know?’
Speaking to Digital Spy about Tommy’s challenges –which appear to be coming from both external forces in the form of fascist Oswald Mosley, and internal ones has he attempts to extricate himself from London’s criminal underbelly, he explained: ‘In the guise of the Mafia, it was pretty conventional what he was dealing with.’
Meanwhile, Cillian previously tolopened up about how he likes to keep his private life…well, private.
On the subject of being a celebrity, he told GQ back in 2016: ‘I’m just a bit s*** at it.
‘I realised that early on that I aspire to be good at my craft, so that’s what I focus on.
‘The less people know about you, it seems to be me to more likely you’ll be able to convince them you’re someone else on screen. It seems obvious, doesn’t it [sic]?’
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