Cillian Murphy Is Open To Playing Ken In Potential ‘Barbie’ Sequel

During a recent interview, internationally acclaimed actor Cillian Murphy, renowned for his role in the newly released historical drama “Oppenheimer,” expressed his interest in taking on the iconic character of Ken in a potential sequel to the hit “Barbie” movie starring Margot Robbie.

The 47-year-old Irish actor seems open to the idea of joining the world of Barbie after its box office success with “Oppenheimer” on its opening weekend, in what the internet famously tagged “Barbenheimer.”

Keep on reading to learn more.

Cillian Murphy Is Open To Playing Ken In ‘Barbie’ Sequel

Cillian Murphy

Having established himself as a formidable talent in the film industry, Murphy has won hearts with his impeccable acting skills and magnetic screen presence.

From critically acclaimed roles in movies like “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception,” and the hit series “Peaky Blinders,” the actor has proven his ability to bring depth and complexity to any character he portrays.

According to the Daily Mail, his possible involvement in a Barbie sequel piqued the curiosity of fans after “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” were both released on the same day over the weekend.

While Murphy is widely known for his dramatic and intense roles, he recently shared his willingness to appear in a lighter and fun part in an interview with Cinefilos, demonstrating his versatility and open-mindedness.

“Hey, you know, sure. Yeah, let’s read the script. Let’s have a conversation,” Murphy replied when asked about the possibility of playing Ken in a potential Barbie sequel.

He Hasn’t Seen ‘Barbie’ Yet 

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling seen doing scenes on set of Barbie

According to Cinefilos, Murphy candidly admitted that he hadn’t seen the “Barbie” film yet during the interview, but he was genuinely intrigued by the idea of stepping into the shoes of Ken.

“I can’t wait to see the movie. I think it’s great for cinema. You know, we’ve got all these great movies happening this summer,” Murphy said.

“Barbie” was released to rave reviews last Friday and went on to make a box office smash alongside “Oppenheimer,” which saw Murphy star as Robert J. Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist and maker of the atomic bomb.

The movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, opened to an astounding $162 million in its debut weekend. In comparison, Murphy’s “Oppenheimer” raked in $82.5 million.

Robert Downey Jr. Heaps Praises On Cillian Murphy 

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In a heartfelt tribute to his co-star Murphy, renowned actor Robert Downey Jr. praised his remarkable dedication to his craft while filming “Oppenheimer.”

Speaking to People in a recent interview, Downey shared his admiration for Murphy, hailing the Irish actor’s commitment as the biggest sacrifice he had ever witnessed from any actor.

“I have never witnessed a greater sacrifice by a lead actor in my career,” Downey Jr. stated before adding that he was left “impressed” by Murphy’s commitment.

“He knew it was going to be a behemoth ask when Chris called him. But I think he also had the humility that is required to survive playing a role like this,” Downey added.

“We’d be like, ‘Hey, we got a three-day weekend. Maybe we’ll go antiquing in Santa Fe. What are you going to do?’ ‘Oh, I have to learn 30,000 words of Dutch. Have a nice time.’ But that’s the nature of the ask,” he shared.

Cillian Murphy’s ‘Ocean Eyes’ Distracted His Castmates

Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh attend the Oppenheimer UK premiere

During a lighthearted interview with People, actress Emily Blunt and Matt Damon, who also stars in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” shared a humorous anecdote about their experiences working alongside Murphy on set. Blunt couldn’t help but jokingly gush about being distracted by Murphy’s captivating “ocean eyes” during their scenes together.

“It’s a real problem when you’re doing scene work with Cillian,” said Damon, who played Gen. Leslie Groves in the movie. “Sometimes you find yourself just swimming in his eyes.”

“It’s like that ‘Ocean Eyes’ song by Billie Eilish. We just hum it all day,” Blunt, who plays Oppenheimer’s troubled wife, Kitty, playfully confessed.

Murphy wanted to tone down the conversation and responded by saying, “They’re not even that blue!”

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