Cillian Murphy candidly admits dislike for own film Red Eye: 'I don't think it's a good movie'

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13 Feb 2024, 18:14

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The Oscar-nominated actor reflects on the 2005 thriller and the unique element that caught his interest.

Cillian Murphy, the acclaimed actor known for his role in Oppenheimer, recently shared his candid thoughts on one of his past films, the 2005 thriller Red Eye.

In an interview with GQ, Murphy didn't hold back, expressing his belief that the movie isn't a standout in his filmography.

While discussing his approach to watching his own films, Murphy revealed: "Generally, the ones I haven't seen are the ones I hear are not good."

However, he admitted to watching Red Eye and didn't hesitate to share his opinion on it.

Despite enjoying the experience of working with co-star Rachel McAdams, Murphy stated: "But I don’t think it’s a good movie. It’s a good B movie."

One aspect that intrigued Murphy enough to take on the role was the duality of his character.

He explained: "I think it’s the duality of it. It’s why I wanted to play it. That two thing. The nice guy and the bad guy in one. The only reason it appealed to me is you could do that. That turn, you know?"

In Red Eye, Murphy played a character who initially appears charming but takes a dark turn, revealing sinister intentions during a flight alongside McAdams' character.

Reflecting on the project, Murphy also acknowledged his admiration for McAdams, saying: "I love Rachel McAdams, and we had fun making it."

McAdams, in her comments to GQ, fondly recalled working with Murphy on the movie. She remarked: "They say the nicest people sometimes make the best villains," emphasising the positive atmosphere they shared during the filming.

McAdams also remembered the casual moments on set, like doing crossword puzzles together.

This isn't the first time Murphy has shared his thoughts on Red Eye.

In a 2021 interview with Uproxx, he described the film as 'schlocky' while praising McAdams' performance.

Despite his critical view of his own contribution, the movie received positive reviews from critics upon release and was a commercial success, grossing nearly $100 million worldwide on a $26 million budget.

Murphy, who earned his first Oscar nomination for Oppenheimer earlier this year, has evolved in his approach to self-evaluation, noting that he's now 'less hypercritical' of his work.

While Red Eye might not be a personal favourite for Murphy, his career has seen significant achievements and recognition, particularly with his recent accolades for Oppenheimer.