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By Jitin Gambhir

Florence Pugh ‘Oppenheimer’ sex scenes were ‘awkward’

Cillian Murphy has expressed admiration for the intimate scenes he filmed with Florence Pugh in “Oppenheimer,” although he confesses that they were awkward to shoot.

“Listen, no one enjoys filming them,” the actor told British GQ in an interview published on Monday.

“They are the most uncomfortable aspect of our job. But sometimes you just have to get on with it,” he continued, describing these moments as “valuable” because the affair between Pugh’s character, Jean Tatlock, and J. Robert Oppenheimer is crucial to the film.

“That is one of the most emotionally significant parts of the movie,” Murphy added. “I believe they were indispensable.”

Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh in "Oppenheimer"
Cillian Murphy felt “awkward” while filming the sex scenes in “Oppenheimer.”
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Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh in "Oppenheimer"
“No one enjoys filming them,” the actor admitted.
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The star of “Peaky Blinders,” aged 47, also praised the “powerful” performances he and Pugh delivered while speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald last week.

“Those scenes were deliberately written,” he said on July 19. “They are not gratuitous. They are perfect. And Florence is simply amazing.”

Murphy mentioned that director Christopher Nolan “knew that those scenes would result in the movie receiving an [R] rating.”

Cillian Murphy in "Oppenheimer"
Murphy, who portrays J. Robert Oppenheimer, previously described the scenes as “powerful.”
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The Golden Globe nominee went on to describe Pugh, aged 27, as an “exceptional” actress.

“She possesses a presence both as a person and on screen that is astonishing,” he explained. “The impact she has [in ‘Oppenheimer’] given the size of her role is quite devastating.”

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Regarding his own performance, Murphy told GQ that portraying the theoretical physicist was a “tremendous… responsibility.”

Cillian Murphy at "Oppenheimer" premiere
He clarified that the scenes are not “gratuitous.”
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The star of “The Dark Knight” specifically addressed the weight loss he underwent for the role, which came to light a week after co-star Emily Blunt told “Extra” that a “emaciated” Murphy survived on just one almond per day.

“This was for work,” he emphasized

Cillian Murphy has high praise for his and Florence Pugh’s “Oppenheimer” sex scenes, but he admits they were “awkward” to film.

“Listen, no one likes doing them,” the actor told British GQ in an interview published Monday.

“They’re the most awkward possible part of our job. But sometimes you have to get on with it,” he continued, calling the moments “worthwhile” because Pugh’s character Jean Tatlock’s affair with J. Robert Oppenheimer is “key” to the movie.

“[That] is one of the most crucial emotional parts of the film,” Murphy added. “I think they were vital.”

Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh in "Oppenheimer"
Cillian Murphy felt “awkward” filming his and Florence Pugh’s “Oppenheimer” sex scenes.
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Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh in "Oppenheimer"
“No one likes doing them,” the actor admitted.
©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

The “Peaky Blinders” star, 47, similarly gushed over his and Pugh’s “f–king powerful” performance while speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald last week.

“Those scenes were written deliberately,” he said on July 19. “They’re not gratuitous. They’re perfect. And Florence is just amazing.”

Murphy noted that director Christopher Nolan “knew that those scenes would get the movie the [R] rating that it got.”

Cillian Murphy in "Oppenheimer"
Murphy, who plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, previously called the moments “powerful.”
AP

The Golden Globe nominee went on to call Pugh, 27, a “f–king phenomenal” actress.

“She has this presence as a person and on screen that is staggering,” he explained. “The impact she has [in ‘Oppenheimer’] for the size of the role, it’s quite devastating.”


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As for his own performance, Murphy told GQ that playing the theoretical physicist was a “huge … responsibility.”

Cillian Murphy at "Oppenheimer" premiere
He clarified that the scenes aren’t “gratuitous.”
Samir Hussein/WireImage

The “Dark Knight” star spoke specifically about the weight he lost for the role, one week after co-star Emily Blunt told “Extra” that an “emaciated” Murphy ate just an almond a day.

“This was for work,” he was “careful” to emphasize. “It was for a purpose. … He was a very, very slight guy. And he was very self-conscious about that. And it gave him this very unique, particular kind of iconic silhouette.”

“Oppenheimer” hit theaters July 21 alongside Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” leading to the fourth-biggest box office opening in history.

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