Cillian Murphy takes a leaf out of Barry Keoghan’s quirky stylebook as he poses for GQ alongside new interview where he admits he ‘loves not working and being unemployed’

Cillian Murphy switched up his look for a new photoshoot with GQ – seemingly taking inspiration from his friend and fellow Irishman Barry Keoghan.

The Oppenheimer actor, 47, and the Saltburn star, 31, have been going head-to-head for gongs throughout this year’s awards season.

However it has been Cillian who took home the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes and bagged the Oscar nomination, leaving Barry in the dust.

Despite coming out on top, it seems that Cillian has still been inspired by his friend, who has taken to the awards red carpets in spectacular style.

Stepping away from his typically safe but stylish wardrobe, Cillian modelled a series of bold looks, including a bright blue satin shirt on the magazine’ cover.

Cillian Murphy switched up his look for a new photoshoot with GQ – seemingly taking inspiration from his friend and fellow Irishman Barry Keoghan

The Oppenheimer actor, 47, and the Saltburn star, 31, have been going head-to-head for gongs throughout this year's awards season

The Oppenheimer actor, 47, and the Saltburn star, 31, have been going head-to-head for gongs throughout this year’s awards season

Baring his hairy chest in a low-cut black top, Cillian’s outfit wa styled with black jeans and a statement belt, along with an array of beaded and gold jewellery.

Cillian posed on plush red and pink soft furnishings while holding onto a blue tie-dye cushion in the decidedly quirky shoot for GQ’s March issue.

In another photo, Cillian wore a waistcoat – which have proved to be a favourite of Barry’s – with a pair of matching trousers and a plethora of bracelets and necklaces.

During his chat with the men’s monthly magazine, Cillian told how he tries to do one film year and is happy to be ‘unemployed’ while he waits for the right new film.

He said: ‘I have a couple of friends who are actors but a majority of them are not. The majority of my buddies are not in the business. 

‘I also love not working. And I think for me a lot of research as an actor is just f***ing living, and, you know, having a normal life doing regular things and just being able to observe, and be, in that sort of lovely flow of humanity.

‘If you can’t do that because you’re going from film festival to movie set to promotions…I mean that’s The Bubble. I’m not saying that makes you any better or less as an actor, but it’s just a world that I couldn’t exist in. I find it would be very limiting on what you can experience as a human being, you know?’

Despite coming out on top, it seems that Cillian has still been inspired by his friend, who has taken to the awards red carpets in spectacular style (pictured at the Golden Globes in Jan)

Despite coming out on top, it seems that Cillian has still been inspired by his friend, who has taken to the awards red carpets in spectacular style (pictured at the Golden Globes in Jan)

Stepping away from his typically safe but stylish wardrobe (pictured at the Oscar nominees lunch), Cillian modelled a series of bold looks

Stepping away from his typically safe but stylish wardrobe (pictured at the Oscar nominees lunch), Cillian modelled a series of bold looks

Elsewhere during the interview, Cillian discussed his heightened fame following the success of Peaky Blinders and the Christopher Nolan epic, Oppenheimer.

He said: ‘To me, it always seems to go in waves. When Peaky was at its kind of apex, you’d feel a different energy around, walking around, a little bit like I do now—but then it settles down again. It kind of comes in waves. 

‘And then you don’t have something in the cinema for ages, and people forget about it. So. It seems to be like that, and you sort of ride that, and then things go back to normal.’

While Cillian said he will happily chat to fans, he insists on a no photo policy.

He said: ‘Once I started doing that. It changed my life. I just think it’s better to say hello, and have a little conversation. 

‘I tell that to a lot of people, you know, actor friends of mine, and they’re just like: I feel so bad. But you don’t need a photo record of everywhere you’ve been in a day.’

Cillian is currently tipped as the front runner to receive the Best Actor award at the Academy Awards next month.

Elsewhere during the interview, Cillian discussed his heightened fame following the success of Peaky Blinders and the Christopher Nolan epic, Oppenheimer (pictured)

Elsewhere during the interview, Cillian discussed his heightened fame following the success of Peaky Blinders and the Christopher Nolan epic, Oppenheimer (pictured)

Discussing how he got involved in Nolan’s project, Cillian revealed how the director flew to Ireland with a script for his top secret new film, printed on red paper.

He explained: ‘Which is supposedly photocopy-proof’. Every previous Nolan script had been dropped off by Nolan or one of his family members, he tells GQ. 

‘So, like, it’s been his mum who’s delivered the script to me before. Or his brother, he’ll go away and come back in three hours.

‘Part of it has to do with keeping the story secret before it goes out. But part of it has to do with tradition. They’ve always done it this way, so why stop now? It does add a ritual to it, which I really appreciate. It suits me.’

Revealing what it’s like to work on a Nolan set, he said: ‘When I’m on a Chris set, it does feel a little bit like a private, intimate laboratory. Even though he works at a tremendous pace, there’s always room for curiosity and finding things out, and that’s what making art should be about, you know? 

‘There’s no phones—but also no announcement: everybody just knows. And there’s no chairs. Because he doesn’t sit down. 

‘Sometimes a film set can be like a picnic. Everyone’s got their chairs and their snacks and everyone’s texting and showing each other f—king, you know, emojis or whatever, memes, which I do know—’ he says, referring obliquely to a meme of Cillian Murphy not knowing what a meme is. ‘But why?’

The March issue of British GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands on February 27th.

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