Thursday 22 August 2019

Cillian Murphy: A Peaky Blinders musical is not for me (but I'll do a film)

Peaky Blinders is returning to BBC Two.

Peaky Blinders Premiere – Birmingham
Peaky Blinders Premiere – Birmingham

By Press Association Reporter

Cillian Murphy has said he would be up for a Peaky Blinders film – but not a musical.

There have been reports that the BBC drama could be adapted for the West End stage.

Asked about taking part, Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby in the gangster drama, said: “I heard about that… that’s not for me.”

Cillian Murphy with his Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory (Joe Giddens/PA)

He is more likely to sign up for a big-screen version of the Birmingham-set drama.

“In theory, yeah. Absolutely, if the writing is as good as it is for the show, then for sure”, he told the Press Association.

Peaky Blinders, also starring Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly, returns to BBC Two with Adrien Brody joining the cast.

Adrien Brody

The US actor said that growing up in Queens was “wonderful ammunition” for his screen characters.

“I have many experiences and truths to draw from, that you might think are far fetched to be in a film, and I find it remarkable what there is to draw from and I’m grateful for that,” the star of King Kong and The Pianist said.

Meanwhile, McCrory said that she would never tell a director that her character would not do something in the script.

“I have worked with actors that come on set and they go ‘my character wouldn’t say that’ and you go ‘guess what, your character just f****** did’,” she said.

:: Peaky Blinders returns to BBC Two on Wednesday November 15.

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