Matt Damon praises Cillian Murphy's 'phenomenal' Oppenheimer performance 8 months ago

Matt Damon praises Cillian Murphy's 'phenomenal' Oppenheimer performance

The star of Christopher Nolan's upcoming film is getting high praise already.

Matt Damon, who appears alongside Cillian Murphy in the war-time drama, has gushed over the Cork actor's performance in the upcoming Oppenheimer.


“Cillian is phenomenal. He’s everything you would want him to be,” Damon told Variety, gushing praise on to his co-star.

Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Damon plays Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, who directed the Manhattan Project, as well as overseeing the construction of the Pentagon.


Damon's comments come shortly after it was revealed that Oppenheimer would have a run time of approximately three hours.

"I asked Chris Nolan afterwards how long it was because I was shocked to learn it was three hours [long]," added Damon. "It goes so fast, it's great. I'm really looking forward to that one."

The run-time would make the movie the longest of Nolan's career, surpassing his 2014 film Interstellar's 169-minute length.


The cast also includes Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Michael Angarano and Kenneth Branagh.

Oppenheimer is Nolan’s first movie with Universal Pictures after his long run at Warner Bros. the film is based on Kai Bird’s novel, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and focuses on Oppenheimer’s research effort as the Los Alamos Laboratory director.

Oppenheimer arrives in Irish cinemas on 21 July, the same day as Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie.


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