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Leaving Cert is too pressurised says Cillian

actor Cillian Murphy has voiced his sympathies for teenagers anxiously awaiting their Leaving Cert grades.

The Corkman believes the points-based system of the examination often inhibits prospective college students from choosing a course that is more suited to their interests.

"The way it is structured, there is pressure to get certain points to get into certain courses, it might take away from what you are really interested in," he said.


The Wind that Shakes the Barley star studied Law at University College Cork before he dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

Describing his studies going "alarmingly badly from the beginning" he said the decision to undertake the course was a "misstep from the outset" after feeling compelled to choose it because he was awarded the points.

The dad-of-two, known for his work in smaller independent films, got his break in the acting world starring in the 90s play Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh and in its 2001 film adaptation.

The Batman star was speaking on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk ahead of his appearance in Walsh's Ballyturk which opened at the Olympia last night.