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Cillian Murphy Covers Clash May 2012

Posted Monday April 9, 2012 9:16 AM GMT

As he nears the July release of his new movie "Red Lights," Cillian Murphy took time out of his demanding schedule to lend his good looks to the cover of the May 2012 issue of Clash magazine.

The 35-year-old Irish actor looked suave for the edgy front page shot by Christian Oita while opening up about topics including his upcoming thriller, as well as his return to London theater in the one-man show 'Misterman'.

Highlights from Mr Murphy's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Clash!

On the type of movies he chooses to appear in:
“...Mainstream movies that tick all the blockbuster boxes, but are smart, make you think and that don’t condescend the audience.”

On his goal as an actor:
"I’ve always loved transforming actors, where you suddenly say, ‘F**k, is that the same guy?’ I’ve tried to emulate that a little bit.”

On his one-man show Misterman:
"It’s a play about trying to carry this immutable fact around with you, trying to make sense of something that is impossible to make sense of. It’s like in anything where religion comes in and warps people’s thinking: nothing in life is between good and bad, there’s always the grey area between them. But Thomas cannot make sense of that.”

On being in shape:
“I’m probably fitter than I’ve ever been in my life as a result [of Misterman]. It has that incredible concentration and immersion that I love in any form of acting. With Misterman I’m generally so physically ruined at the end of it. I’m not complaining about that, I adore it but you do feel physically wrecked.”

On working with Irish playwright Enda Walsh:
“He’s fearless in terms of theatre. He always wants to make theatre dangerous, and honest and frightening - all the things that I’m into. And he’s got this incredibly brilliant warped sense of humor that I tend to share, a little bit. There’s a lot of broad physical comedy in it - not something that I’ve ever done before. I watched a lot of Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle and those guys to go for it. Enda makes you laugh but all the while you feel uneasy. He’s a genius at that kind of unsettling humor. But for me to be able to do that broad physical comedy was a great release. Film acting is so minute, so precise and so contained… to be given a vast stage to do this clownery was a liberation.”

Photo Credit: Christian Oita for Clash