The Oppenheimer star, in a recently shared interview with The Independent filmed prior to the actors strike, pointed to the 2014 film and the emotion found in it.
“I adore Interstellar just because I find it so emotional,” said Cillian, who appears in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy as well as Dunkirk and Inception.
“I remember seeing it in the cinema when I had little kids. It just had a big impact on me. It broke my heart. I love watching his films when I’m not in them because you don’t have to freak out about the size of your ears, or whatever,” he said.
Cillian, in a conversation with Nolan and other Oppenheimer cast members for Entertainment Weekly, recalled watching Interstellar alone in IMAX and walking out “in a terrible state”.
The actor, who had played supporting roles in Nolan movies prior to his starring role in one of this year’s highest-grossing films, told The Associated Press he was “desperate” to play a lead for the director.
“I have always said publicly and privately, to Chris, that if I’m available and you want me to be in a movie, I’m there. I don’t really care about the size of the part,” Cillian said. “But deep down, secretly, I was desperate to play a lead for him.”
He declared that the role was a “huge responsibility” but he felt confident heading into it.
“He was complicated and contradictory and so iconic. But you know you’re with one of the great directors of all time. I felt confident going into it with Chris,” Murphy said.
“Any actor would want to be on a Chris Nolan set, just to see how it works and to witness his command of the language of film and the mechanics of film and how he’s able to use that broad canvas within the mainstream studio system to make these very challenging human stories,” he added.