NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18:  Cillian Murphy attends the "DUNKIRK" premiere in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
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Cillian Murphy 'Struggled' With The Constant Violence Of Peaky Blinders
Lead actor and executive producer
of “Peaky Blinders,” Cillian Murphy, underwent accent training and a strenuous fitness regime to embody Tommy Shelby's imposing frame and fearsome personality. While those efforts came with challenges, there was one aspect of the role the performer says he struggled with, and it had to do with the show's depiction of violence.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy talked about how he wasn't always happy with his character and occasionally struggled with
the weight of his actions, saying "Sometimes I find the violence and the disconnection to the violence difficult. There were times where I would talk to Steve [Steven Knight, the showrunner] and go, 'Does he really have to do that?'"
Murphy, who is no stranger to superhero movies after portraying The Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, also explained how the violence in "Peaky Blinders" is on an entirely different level than the modern superhero films and TV shows. He said, “the violence in 'Peaky,' it isn't like superhero violence. If someone gets injured, they stay injured. [...] I struggle with that part of it.”