Actor Cillian Murphy has revealed his unique approach to preparing for his role in the highly anticipated Oppenheimer biopic. To truly understand and embody the character, Murphy turned to Hinduism’s sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. The film focuses on the life of American nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the “father of the atomic bomb”, and his pivotal role in the Manhattan Project.
Cillian Murphy’s dive into the Bhagavad Gita
Murphy, who will play J. Robert Oppenheimer in the film, explored the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to gain a deeper understanding of the character’s mindset. Oppenheimer himself had learned Sanskrit and was inspired by the ancient text throughout his life. Murphy expressed his appreciation for the beauty and inspiration found in the Bhagavad Gita, stating that he brought Oppenheimer solace in difficult times. “I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” is Oppenheimer’s most repeated quote. He borrowed it from Geeta. Reflecting on this, Cillian Murphy shared: “I read the Bhagavad Gita in preparation for the film. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful text. Very inspiring. It was a comfort to him. He needed it. It brought a lot of comfort to him all his life.” .
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Christopher Nolan’s perspective on Oppenheimer and AI
Director Christopher Nolan shed light on the Oppenheimer film, emphasizing its focus on the invention that shaped human history. In discussing the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), Nolan drew a parallel to the atomic bomb, noting the warning he presents. He stressed the need to learn from the past and approach new technologies with careful consideration.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, renowned for captivating films like Memento, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, Oppenheimer promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of an iconic figure in history. The film will be released on July 21, 2023. Audiences can anticipate a compelling performance by Cillian Murphy, who delved into the profound teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to give her character depth.
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