- 04 Apr 17
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy discusses his return to Ireland after many years in London, his working methods, and his role as an IRA man in Ben Wheatley’s ultra-violent new action movie Free Fire.
“I really don’t like guns,” declares actor Cillian Murphy. “I don’t get a kick out of them.”
The charmingly mild-mannered and intensely blue-eyed Corkonian might not be a gun freak, but the same most certainly cannot be said of Chris, the hardened IRA man he plays in High Rise director Ben Wheatley’s latest offering. Set in Boston in 1978, but shot entirely in an abandoned old Brighton newspaper building, the ultra-violent Free Fire has a very simple storyline. Two Irish freedom fighters (Murphy and Belfast actor Michael Smiley) meet with a not terribly bright criminal gang in a deserted warehouse to do an arms deal.
Egos clash, tempers flare and things escalate into pandemonium very, very quickly. With everyone present packing heat, and crates of machine guns and ammo lying around, the mother of all movie shootouts ensues. That’s about it, really. It’s a cartoonishly OTT action flick, its uncomplicated plot more than compensated for by the razor sharp Tarantinoesque dialogue and some great performances by a cast which includes Sam Riley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Patrick Bergin and Jack Reynor. But we’ll get to the film in a moment.