Saturday 20 January 2018

'1D's Harry is a natural actor and very talented', says Dunkirk co-star Cillian Murphy

Harry Styles in Dunkirk
Harry Styles in Dunkirk
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Actor Cillian Murphy has heaped praise on his Dunkirk co-star Harry Styles.

The former One Direction singer appears alongside Cork native Murphy in the World War II epic.

Dunkirk, which also stars Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy, is tipped to be a commercial and critical success.

It will be Styles' first role in a feature film and Murphy thinks he is a natural.

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

"He just has it," said the Inception actor, who believes that the singer's time with One Direction helped.

"It's impossible for somebody to be that magnetic on stage... and not have that transition to acting.

"One goes with the other, they inform each other.

"He's got it, he's very talented. And he's a lovely kid. Very generous, very kind. A pleasure to be around," he added.

"Considering the wave he's ridden, [he's] very unaffected by it all."

Dunkirk was directed by Christopher Nolan, who worked with Murphy on the 2005 movie Batman Begins.

"Chris wouldn't have hired Harry if he didn't think he was up to the job," said Murphy.

"It's as simple as that. He would never have been swayed by that sort of hype... it's down to ability."

There is a long history of musicians moving into film. Even Murphy himself started his career as a musician and was a member of Beatles-inspired 90s band Sons Of Mr Green Genes.

Asked if he ever feels the desire to get the band back on the road, Murphy said: "No. I've no inclination to do so, I have very limited talents as a musician... it's probably best that I stick to what I know."

Murphy, who recently returned to Ireland having spent several years living in the UK, said he feels settled and is enjoying being back on home turf.

"It feels very right, very timely. London was brilliant for us, it was a very fufilling chapter of our lives... but there's something very comforting about coming home."


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