How Isn’t Cillian Murphy A Big Star?
There was an item that I read this morning that has me scratching my head. Cillian Murphy is reportedly going to be in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi flick “I’m.mortal”. There is no word if Murphy will require Niccol to change that unstable title, but he apparently will be playing second fiddle to Justin Timberlake in it.
Does this strike anyone as odd? First of all, I have trouble understanding how Cillian Murphy isn’t a big star by now. He’s proved that he can carry movies, even if they weren’t exactly box office blockbusters. Look, if he’s good enough to be the star in two Danny Boyle movies, should he be in the backseat of a Justin Timberlake vehicle? Um, F no. Oh, it also seems like Christopher Nolan seems to dig having him in his movies so the guy must be good at what he does. He was pretty damn good in a very limited role in “Inception” and I’ll continue to sing the praises of the criminally underrated and under-viewed “Sunshine”.
So for now, Murphy is stuck as the villain in a movie that stars a guy from N’Sync. That is just wrong. Criminally wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with J.T.’s music. He’s the hipster’s pop star so I’m totally allowed to like him. Do I want him crossing over into my snobby movie world? Um, F no. Let’s get Cillian Murphy some more roles. Hell, let’s get The Scarecrow back into the Nolan Batman world. He was creepy enough right?
Cinematically Correct note: Watch for “At Swim-Two-Birds”. Not only is it based on a Flann O’Brien novel, it’s the writing and directorial debut of Brendan Gleeson. Since he’s worked with Murphy before, he naturally has cast Murphy in what may be a serious piece of genius movie making if done correctly. The book is amazing.