Cillian Murphy insists his sex scenes with Florence Pugh in ‘Oppenheimer’ are not “redundant”.
The 47-year-old actor obsessively lost weight to play atomic bomb father J Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s epic biopic on the scientist’s life, and is seen in the bed of Florence’s real-life psychiatrist character in the film.
Cillian Murphy told The Sydney Morning Herald how his on-screen romance with the 27-year-old actress is so “impressive”, “those scenes were deliberately written. (Christopher) knew those scenes would get the film the same ratings it did.”
Cillian Murphy continued, “And I think when you look at it, it’s very powerful. And they’re not redundant. They’re perfect. And Florence is absolutely wonderful.”
Florence plays Communist Party member Jean Tatlock in the film, which also depicts Oppenheimer’s marriage to his wife, Catherine ‘Kitty’ Oppenheimer. Emily Blunt40.
The film received a 15 rating in theaters due to sex scenes, which the censors called “excessive nudity and sexual content”.
‘Peaky Blinders’ star Cillian – who has two sons with wife Yvonne McGuinness, 50, whom he married in 2004 – said of ‘Midsomer’ actress Florence: “I’ve loved Florence’s work since Lady Macbeth and I think she’s wonderful. A human being and her screen presence is staggering. For the size of the role (in ‘Oppenheimer’) the impact she has is quite devastating.”
director Christopher NolanThe 52-year-old has admitted he was “reasonably nervous” and “reasonably careful” while making ‘Oppenheimer’, which saw his first foray into shooting sex scenes.
He told Insider: “Whenever you’re challenging yourself to work in areas you haven’t worked in before, you should be appropriately nervous and appropriately careful and be planned and prepared. When you look at Oppenheimer’s life and you look at his story, that aspect of his life, that aspect of his sexuality, the way he was with women, the attraction he displayed, it’s an essential part of his story.