In a recent interview with The GuardianMurphy opened up about his approach to Oppenheimer.
“I care about the man and what [inventing the atomic bomb] for individuals. Its mechanics, that’s not really for me – I don’t have the intellectual ability to understand them, but these conflicting characters are fascinating. “
It is this contradictory nature that has led Murphy to compare Oppenheimer to his “Peaky Blinders” character: “Tommy Shelby is also a complete contradiction. People agree with that, because we all rotate around. around these contradictory ideas coexisting in the head.”
Oppenheimer is a fascinating tragic figure. His efforts were initially praised by the US government, but as time went on, he fell out of favor. It’s not yet clear to what extent Nolan’s film will delve into the scientist’s later years, but even if the film only covers his work at the Los Alamos Laboratory, Murphy will likely sink worms his teeth into a man who is sent to invent the means of the extinction of mankind to repel the toxic wave of fascism. It was a pile of pent-up conflicts in a man.
This is not the first time Oppenheimer has been portrayed on screen. Dwight Schultz, known for playing “Howling Mad” Murdoch in the 1980s action series “The A-Team”, played the physicist in Roland Joffe’s bare-bones “Fat Man and Little Boy”. If they try to get NBC to show another big-screen shot, we could see Murphy play out the role of that frantic pilot.
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