Cillian explains the trauma that was his Peaky Blinders ‘shit hot buzz cut’ (X)
A lovely interview and great new photo in The New Review magazine of The Independent. It’s in the “Relationships/How We Met” section. Here’s a bit of Cillian talking about his friendship with Enda, click “read more for the whole thing.
I was 18, had just left school, and had a vague notion that I wanted to be an actor. Enda was working with [Cork theatre group] Corcadorca at the time. I adored its shows – Clockwork Orange blew my top off. So I started hanging around them and blagged an audition.
Enda was unbelievably warm to me as a young nobody. He told me about this play Disco Pigs that he’d written and he asked me to come and read some lines. We met up in a café in Cork city. He has a Peter Pan-ish quality and back then, this magnificent hair; he looked like a TV presenter. I didn’t understand what Disco Pigs was about, and I had no experience of acting whatsoever but I could sense that it was good – and that we shared the same sense of humour.
We toured that play for 18 months; a small group of us travelling around, messing about and having fun. Me and Enda had one game where we would speak in funny voices, taking the consonants out of every word, and it felt like our exclusive little club; I never noticed the age gap. By the end, we’d become friends for life. That period changed my life more than any other, and it’s influenced all my choices since; Enda put me on the path to acting and gifted me with an early career.
Cillian has a knack for popping up in the most unexpected places. ;)
Harriet and the Matches, a 4 min short that premiered in London last month, features Cillian Murphy’s voice as a Cat! The short is based on an old German children’s story about a girl, a couple of cats and a box of matches and uses stop motion, live action and puppets. In this 37 sec clip you can hear Cillian narrating and doing the v/o of one of the puppet cats.
The short will screen at various film festivals over the next months. More about it at the director’s site (X) and on IMDB.
Update: This short can now be rented and streamed online at director Miranda Howard-Wilson’s website. Miranda shared a bit about working with Cillian on her project: We approached his agent and made sure we set up the voiceover session at a time and location that was really easy for him. As it was just a voiceover session it was only a couple of hours, so we were able to make sure we worked around his availability. He was very happy to be involved and to support emerging filmmakers, like myself and my producer Anu. It was also the first voiceover I had ever directed, so it was a little daunting, but he was a true professional and gentleman at the session.
Watch it here.
We’ve nothing to fear so long as we stick together
Remember last week we posted news about Cillian recording a voiceover for a worldwide brand. We guessed Guinness. We were right! Here’s the ad.
Also, here’s a link to the mp3 audio only if you want to listen to Cillian tell the story of Guinness on your ipod.