'Peaky Blinders-themed weddings are a little weird' - Cillian Murphy
ACTOR Cillian Murphy has said he finds the idea of Peaky Blinders-themed weddings "a little weird".
He was responding to questions from 200 schoolchildren, who quizzed the star on everything from empathy and doubts about his career to his Peaky Blinders haircut.
Asked if he had ever met any crazy fans, the actor diplomatically described some as "enthusiastic".
"Because of Peaky Blinders, I think people are a bit obsessed with that show," he said.
"It's gotten so big, when people start walking down the road dressing as the character or having Peaky Blinders weddings, that's a little weird but good for them."
Murphy (41) was attending a Youth Empathy Day at NUI Galway.
The actor told the students he did not have a particularly good time during fifth and sixth year at school, but credited transition year for his love of theatre.
Urging students to follow their goals, he revealed how music had been his first passion when still at school.
"At the time I really wanted to be a musician, that's what I initially wanted to be, and I really tried to pursue that and it nearly worked out - and then it didn't and then I discovered something else," he said.
"You don't necessarily have to write them down but if you have something in your mind that you are striving for, definitely go for that."
Murphy also admitted to having doubts about his career in the early days.
"There are definitely moments, everybody has moments when you go, 'I don't know if that was the right choice', but I kind of stuck with it," he added.
The 200 secondary school students, from Dublin, Tipperary and Galway, are all taking part in a new pilot education programme, Activating Social Empathy, which enables teens to learn empathy in schools.
The actor said he believed empathy training was necessary in modern society.
"I'm lucky that in the job that I do you have to be empathetic to be an actor. It's essential but I think all of us need to work on it in our day-to-day lives. That's why this course is so fantastic," he told the students.