At the time of casting for Thomas Shelby, Steven Knight was considering both Cillian Murphy and Jason Statham for the role. Knight leaned more towards Statham for the role, he explained to Sir, because Murphy didn’t see Tommy when they met in person. Statham has the physical needed for the role. As he shared with weekly entertainment, At the time of casting, Murphy wondered if typing would cost him the opportunity to play such a meaty role. That’s right, the odds are against him:
“There was a bit of hesitation,” he said, “because I’ve never really played that kind of physically strong character. In fact, I’d probably played the opposite up until that point. ” Before starring in “Peaky Blinders,” Murphy was best known for playing feeble bicycle courier Jim in “28 Days Later” and Because his partnership with Christopher Nolan. This relationship will begin again when he auditions for the role of Bruce Wayne for Nolan’s “Batman Begins.” While he’s physically unable to play the role, as Murphy shared with GQ, the director found another role for him as Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow. Looking through his films since then, it’s clear that super-masculine roles have really put him off the hook leading up to “Peaky Blinders”, which means he’s been overrated for the roles he plays. there.
While it may seem like the decision has already been made in Knight’s mind, a gentle reminder prompted Murphy to reconsider the role.
https://www.slashfilm.com/954935/cillian-murphy-worried-typecasting-would-cost-him-his-shot-at-peaky-blinders/ Cillian Murphy worries typing will cost him his hit at peak blind spots