The Irish actor has opened up about his s*x scenes with Florence Pugh, remarking they are ‘not gratuitous’ and so f**king powerful. Cillian Murphy plays the role of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, while Florence portrays psychiatrist and Communist Party member, Jean Tatlock. The film portrays a romantic relationship between the characters, both before and during Oppenheimer’s marriage to his wife, Katherine ‘Kitty’ Oppenheimer, portrayed by Emily Blunt.
While Florence’s role in Oppenheimer is relatively short, Cillian Murphy insisted the steamy scenes were needed and are ‘so ‘f***ng powerful’.
‘Those [sex] scenes were written deliberately. He knew that those scenes would get the movie the rating that it got. ‘And I think when you see it, it’s so f***ng powerful. And they’re not gratuitous. They’re perfect. And Florence is just amazing. The sizzling scenes earned the movie a 15 rating in cinemas, due to its ‘infrequent nudity and sexual content’, Murphy told Sydney Morning Herald.
The Peaky Blinders star praised the Don’t Worry Darling star as ‘phenomenal’ and told how he’s been a fan of her work for some time.
He added: ‘I have loved Florence’s work since Lady Macbeth and I think she’s f***ing phenomenal. She has this presence as a person and on screen that is staggering. The impact she has [in Oppenheimer] for the size of the role, it’s quite devastating.’ This comes as Christopher Nolan said he was ‘appropriately nervous and appropriately careful’ in his first-time filming s*x scenes, for his film Oppenheimer.
Notably, the R-rated historical drama has already earned $80.5 million in its opening weekend, per Variety.
As for Nolan, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker in his interview with Insider said of his s*x scenes experience, ‘Any time you’re challenging yourself to work in areas you haven’t worked in before, you should be appropriately nervous and appropriately careful and planned and prepared.’ He told the outlet that the scenes played an ‘essential part’ in establishing the relationship between Oppenheimer and Tatlock.
‘When you look at Oppenheimer’s life and you look at his story,’ Nolan said, ‘that aspect of his life, the aspect of his sexuality, his way with women, the charm that he exuded, it’s an essential part of his story.’ Nolan, who has directed films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Dunkirk, said that ‘it felt very important to understand their relationship and to really see inside it and understand what made it tick without being coy or allusive about it.’
He continued, stating the idea was ‘to try to be intimate, to try and be in there with him and fully understand the relationship that was so important to him.’ Nolan equally praised the work of Cillian Murphy and Florence in their respective roles; and that he ‘immediately felt a creative connection’ with Florence. ‘I felt this is somebody who could bring Jean Tatlock to life,’ he said of her, ‘and have the audience understand the significance of this figure in Oppenheimer’s life.’
However, Murphy per Page Six had spoken about his commitment to lose weight for the film, which follows decades of the Manhattan Project physicist’s life between the 1920s and 1960s. “I love acting with my body, and Oppenheimer had a very distinct physicality and silhouette, which I wanted to get right,” the “Peaky Blinders” star told the New York Times in May.
“I had to lose quite a bit of weight, and we worked with the costume and tailoring; he was very slim, almost emaciated, existed on martinis and cigarettes.” Murphy added but emphasized that his dieting tactics weren’t safe, and he wouldn’t recommend it. “You become competitive with yourself a little bit, which is not healthy,” he told The Guardian in early July. He also clarified, “I don’t advise it.”
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