“I’m Irish and very proud of being Irish, but as an actor, your extraction should be secondary, really. You should be able to embody whatever character it is, wherever the character comes from. That’s always been important, for me. I’m an actor who’s Irish, not an Irish actor.”
Cillian Murphy is one of those rare examples who have been successful in emerging out of being perennially underrated to being considered as one of the finest actors currently working in Tinseltown. He is Irish, as his above quote explains, and was born in Douglas, Ireland, in 1976.
Murphy has exhibited a tremendous versatility in his body of work, portraying characters who are variously denigrated, lauded, and even feared. His formidable filmography has him playing a fear-inducing psychopath, an indomitable trans woman, a business tycoon having a complex relationship with his father, and a brave Irish soldier laying his life down for his country, among several other memorable roles. Here is the list of top 12 Cillian Murphy movie performances.
12. Red Eye (2005)
Murphy delivers a brilliantly unsettling performance as Jackson Rippner, a cold-blooded terrorist, who coerces Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams), his co-passenger on a red-eye flight, into assisting him with his dangerous mission.