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How Isn’t Cillian Murphy A Big Star?

There may be more recent photos of him, but I dig this jacket.

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.

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  1. Dan
    August 9, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Cillian Murphy is a big star. But his perceived lack of ‘celebrity’ is probably because he’s careful when choosing which films to do and hasn’t sold himself to the Hollywood PR machine.

  2. August 9, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Murphy isn’t a huge star because of the roles that he chooses. He doesn’t go for the biggest roles ever, but still finds himself in movies like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception. All big-time box-office hits, that he appears in.

  3. August 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    It comes down to the point that CMrok brings up and also the fact that he just doesn’t have the star persona that a guy like Timberlake has. Murphy may be a better actor (though Timberlake is far, far funnier), but Timberlake can move a crowd and run an audience. He’s got presence and charisma. Murphy’s a much quieter and subdued personality. That has a lot to do with an actor reaching perceived levels of “stardom” or failing to do so.

  4. August 11, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    Murphy is the man, terrific actor, good in everything he turns his hand to.
    im actually quite happy hes a ‘floating under the a-list radar’ kind of guy.
    it will make his stuff more interesting

  5. amy conner
    December 22, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    you know what? i wouldnt have watched this movie if it had starred only JT..
    the only reason i am willing to see is is becuase cillian stars in it.
    doesnt matter what role he plays…
    for me he is a rockstar !!!!

  6. Angelica
    July 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Cillian Murphy is the best acor of all time,the proof is in his very admirable work.He has proved him self to me and many other people.So if you j.t fans dont understand how trully talented he is you can go on and keep thinking that TIMMBER-PUSSY is actually good at anything(hes soo NOT)but just DONT mess with Cillian!;D

  7. Angelica
    July 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Oh and YAY to any other people who love Cillian Murphy! 😀

  1. August 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM

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