“He accomplished a monumental feat. And she could only eat, like, one almond every day. He was so emaciated”. Word of Emily Bluntco-star of Oppenheimerabout the obsessive preparation of the colleague Cillian Murphy for film preparation. A preparation that also went through a crazy diet that allowed him to faithfully restore the appearance of the American physique. Given the gigantic success of the film and the great popularity of the Irish actor, the risk of emulation looms and, beyond the fact that the diet really consisted or not of a single almond every twenty-four hours – in all likelihood it was just a joke , but given the results he certainly underwent a very harsh diet – it is always good to be careful what you do without essential medical support.
In this regard, it was Cillian Murphy himself who advised fans against following his “example” to lose weight. During an interview given to Guardian in fact, he claimed to have almost become trapped in unhealthy habits, pushing things beyond the right limit. “You become competitive with yourself, which is not healthy. I don’t recommend it”.
Furthermore, Cillian Murphy has spoken several times about why he embarked on such a path to become the best possible version of Robert Oppenheimer: “I love acting with my body, and Oppenheimer had a very distinct physique and silhouette that I wanted to make the most of.” It’s still: “I had to lose quite a bit of weight, and we worked with the costumes and tailoring. He was very thin, almost emaciated, he lived on martinis and cigarettes.”
A question, at this point, arises spontaneously: has the harsh diet negatively affected Cillian Murphy’s work?
According to the actor, definitely not: “I was moving forward with crazy energy, I crossed a threshold where I wasn’t worried about food or anything. I was so into it, hyperactive. But it was cool because the character was like this: he never ate“.
However, Cillian Murphy is keen that she not focus too much attention on her Oppenheimer diet and become the story itself: “I don’t want it to be; Cillian lost X weight for the part“. In any case, one thing is certain: eating only one almond a day or an exclusive mix of Martinis and cigarettes is a bad idea regardless.