Theatre & Arts

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Money doesn't influence the projects I choose, says Murphy

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 21/06/2014|02:30

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Actor Cillian Murphy has said that money is not a key factor in any film, stage or TV project he signs up to.

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The Cork actor insisted all of his "decisions are script-based" and finance "doesn't influence" him in any way.

"I've always tried to follow good writing regardless of the medium," he told the Irish Independent.

This summer, Murphy will tread the boards in Enda Walsh's latest work 'Ballyturk' – a three-man play starring Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea that explores the subject of death and examines friendships.

Walsh, who picked up a Tony in 2012 for his work on the musical 'Once', was inspired to write the play after his six-year-old daughter quizzed him about the concept of mortality one afternoon.

"She came up to me and said 'Do we all die?' and I said 'We do but you just get on with it' and we had this very serious conversation that encouraged me to sit down and write," Walsh explained.

'Ballyturk' is the first play Walsh has written in four years and will premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival, where it opens on July 14, before travelling to Dublin's Olympia Theatre and Cork's Opera House.

It will be the first time Murphy has appeared on stage in Cork in more than 15 years – his last performance was in Walsh's 1996 breakthrough play 'Disco Pigs'.

"I haven't been back playing in Cork for almost 20 years, so it will be special going back and performing at the Opera House," Murphy said.

Walsh and Murphy have a close working relationship as they collaborated on 'Misterman' in 2012 and Walsh has described Murphy as one of his "best friends".

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