Cillian Murphy has an interview in Port Magazine, and he talks about getting better at handling interviews, experiencing theater for the first time, and planning to do television soon.
In terms of interviews, Murphy says, “I’m getting less hung about it, but when I started, the whole promotion aspect was an ordeal to be endured. I just don’t have a great facility for it. I try to be interesting and spontaneous but it’s so hard when you get asked the question fifty or a hundred times over. You hear your little anecdotes going stale. Yes, it was fantastic to work with Robert De Niro, but you can only say it so many times, you know? I’ve always thought, just judge me on the work. What else matters? I’m an actor and that’s what I do.”
On experiencing theater, he says, “But my first theatre experience was an extraordinary one. It was dangerous and sexy and electric, and just astonishing. I’ll always love music, but here was another form of live performance, just as exciting.”
Murphy also hopes to be on television soon, saying, “I’m also hoping to do some telly. The smart mid-budget movie, which has been my bread and butter, has been squeezed out quite a bit. People are very reluctant to take a chance on a smart $17 million movie. They’d much rather throw everything into a dumb $250 million movie. But you don’t find that in TV where the writing just gets better and better, and you’ve the opportunity to develop a character over many hours.”