A Brief Introduction About Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy was born on May 25, 1976, and is an Irish actor. He has performed on  stage as well. He made his acting debut in the 1990s in his native country. He is noted by the critics for his amazing performances in cinematic roles. He has also earned his place in American and British cinema. It is interesting to note that Murphy actually began his career by playing rock music. He first appeared on stage in 1996 in the play, Disco Pigs.

Cillian Murphy A Brief Introduction About Cillian Murphy

His claim to fame was Danny Boyle’s film 28 Days Later when he started taking up independent films. He then started coming in some of the successful films made around that year. In 2005, he acted as the scarecrow in Chistopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. He was then subsequently taken in The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. He was also seen in the thriller movie Red Eye. He was first nominated for his role as Kitten in the movie Breakfast on Pluto (2005) at the Golden Globe under the category of Best Actor in a musical or comedy.

Even after achieving success in films, he hasn’t stopped working on the stage. He has been instrumental in giving stellar performances there as well. He was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding solo performance in 2011 for his role in Misterman.  

Though he did not have a very successful start in the initial years, he gradually gained momentum. His claim to fame was starring in the role of Dr Jonathan Crane in Batman Begins, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. It might be interesting for fans of the movie to know that he was initially asked to audition for the character of Bruce Wayne. Murphy recognised the fact that he does not have the correct physique to play Batman. He expressed the same feeling to the director. But, the team was so impressed with him that they still casted him in the movie.

From then on, he has been spotted for his penchant for doing offbeat roles in movies. He is often adjudged in villainous roles thanks to his seductive eyes. He was also nominated for his role in Batman Begins in the MTV movies awards in 2006. Another movie which garnered him with success was Breakfast In Pluto. He plays a transgender who struggles to find love and his long-lost mother. The movie partly shows his journey reflecting the various hardships transgenders have to face in the society. During the shooting of the movie, he met transvestites who took him to parties and made him meet other transvestites. He received a lot of appreciation for the movie and his performance.

He is married to Yvonne McGuinness, who he had been dating since 2004. She is an artist and they met during one of his rock gigs. They live in London and have two kids. Often modest and secretive about his personal life, you will never come across an interview or interaction where he openly talks about his family.

A Comedy Drama Like No Other

Neil Jordan has directed and written the comedy movie called Breakfast on Pluto in 2005. It is adapted from the novel by the same name that is written by Patrick McCabe. The story starts when Patrick Braden, played by Cillian Murphy, is abandoned by his mother, played by Eily Bergin, in the 1940s. The movie has more than 30 chapters that are intricately linked to each other. As Patrick begins to grow older, he realised that he is a transgender. He then goes on a search for his long-lost mother and wants to find love for him. The film is set in the small town of London and Ireland. Most of the movie is shown to be shot in Tyrellin, which is the fictional town in London. When Patrick is left abandoned by his mother, he is adopted by a foster mother who is cruel and harsh.

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As the movie progresses, we see that Patrick likes to dress up like a woman. It becomes very evident when he dons a dress and wears red lipstick in one of the scenes. This change in him makes his foster family very furious. He has a set of very good and close friends with which he shares a special bond with. Some of the close friends include Irwin, Lawrence and Charlie. He confides in them and finds some sort of solace in them. He is biologically male, but starts to dress like a female.  

Then the story progresses to Patrick’s teen years. Over the period of years, he begins to question from where he can get his sex changed from a man to a woman. He asks this question in his school as well. This along with writing fiction filled with sexual fantasies got him into trouble at his school often. He realises the fact that he is different from the rest of the people and chooses to embrace his individuality. Furthermore, he comes out of the closet and renames himself as Kitten. Over the period of time, his foster family is not supportive; hence he decides to run away. He meets Billy from Billy Hatchet and the Mohawks – a rock band – during his journey. He has a flirtatious relationship with Billy for some time. He gives her a place to stay only to find that Billy has arms that are smuggled from the Irish Republican Army. After some time Billy abandons Kitten and she tries to save her from getting shot.

Moving on, it so happens that Kitten travels to London to find shelter in the Wombles, which is a children’s park. In search for a job and money to survive, she starts to work as a singer-dancer at the Wombles. She does not stay in the job for long and is again brought back to the rags. Furthermore, she enters prostitution to make ends meet but that is not rosy at all. She is humiliated and attacked by some of her clients. Eventually she meets a hypnotist and becomes his assistant only to find Charlie who takes her away.