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Saturday 20 December 2014

Cillian Murphy: Matt is my model

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Actor Cillian Murphy attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy deliberately avoids the limelight and is happy to be famous for his films rather than social antics.

The Irish actor keeps a low profile when it comes to his personal life. Having made a name for himself in hit films such as 28 Days Later and Inception Cillian is happy to be famous for his work rather than social activities.

"For me, it's just about the work. If you behave like a celebrity, you'll be treated like one," he told British magazine InStyle. "I admire people like Matt Damon - he just continues to do brilliant work and that's it. That's the model I'd like to follow."

Cillian has worked alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Christian Bale. The 37-year-old actor still pinches himself sometimes when coming face to face with such iconic stars but ensures he puts on a calm front as to not make them feel uncomfortable.

"Until I was 20, I was in a band and wanted to be a musician, so I can be an excited fan around rock stars," he laughed. "But with other actors, you have to be professional and work with them. I've been in movies with Robert De Niro and felt a bit star-struck, but he was charming and encouraging so we got through the day."

One of Cillian's best features is his pale blue eyes. Fans around the world have dedicated blogs online to his piercing peepers and he finds it amusing how people are so interested in them.

"Wow. I haven't seen the blogs," he confessed. "It's not something I have any control over! I guess I can thank my parents. It never hurt Paul Newman or Steve McQueen right?"

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