Murphy was open about his ideas on the matter, saying:
“I’ve at all times stated publicly and privately, to Chris, that if I am obtainable and also you need me to be in a film, I am there. I do not actually care in regards to the dimension of the half. […] However deep down, secretly, I used to be determined to play a lead for him.”
Murphy, seemingly modest and demure, did not ever ask for a lead position and as an alternative needed to depend on Christopher Nolan’s caprices. Neither actor nor director appears to be particularly outspoken or demonstrative, affecting what Murphy, an Irish actor, calls Nolan’s “English method.” Their mutual quiet modesty meant that one would ultimately have to achieve out to the opposite to make a sure sort of collaboration occur. Murphy roughly waited by the telephone till the phrase got here. When it did, he was ecstatic. However, you recognize, solely in his very Irish method. The actor stated:
“He is so understated and self-deprecating and, in his very English method, simply stated, ‘Hear, I’ve written this script, it is about Oppenheimer. I might such as you to be my Oppenheimer.’ […] It was an important day … We have now this long-standing understanding and belief and shorthand and respect. It felt like the suitable time to tackle a much bigger duty. And it simply so occurred that it was an enormous one.”
Ostensibly road-tested, Murphy did not have to show himself any longer. Nolan trusted him, he trusted Nolan, and each had been fascinated by the fabric. Evidently each discovered Oppenheimer to be a posh man worthy of delving into.