HE is a usual suspect when it comes to playing villains in blockbuster movies, but Irish actor Cillian Murphy is more interested in independent films and appearing on television at the moment.
He has garnered widespread success for roles in smash hits like 'Inception' and 'Batman Begins', however Murphy has been noticeably absent from the silver screen in recent months.
With no Hollywood parts lined up in the coming months, the 36-year-old is instead focusing on the smaller projects that come his way.
The Cork-born star told the Irish Independent that he is drawn to jobs solely by "good scripts" and is not motivated by big-budget productions.
When asked why he is so drawn to "indies", Murphy said: "I just follow the great scripts. I've just finished 'Peaky Blinders', a TV series coming out in the autumn, and I'm about to do an independent film in Canada."
Murphy was speaking on the red carpet at a screening of his 2012 movie 'Broken', which opened the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last night.
Only in Dublin for a short stint, the actor said he's a huge fan of the festival, which will see the likes of Danny De Vito fly into town in the coming week.
Murphy was joined by his co-star Tim Roth, who admitted that when he first saw Murphy act on-screen, he thought he was simply a good looking face.
"I was on jury at the Cannes Film Festival the year 'Wind That Shakes the Barley' won the overall prize. When I first saw Cillian come on I thought, 'Oh no, the director's gone for the pretty boy, this is going to be awful'. But then he just blows you away, he's a fantastic actor – and he looks like (he does), which is really annoying."