Cillian Murphy Reveals He Auditioned For Batman In Batman Begins

Cillian Murphy is easily one of the best actors working in Hollywood today, but many of you may only know him as the man who played Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s film, Batman Begins.

The Irish actor did a brilliant job as the iconic DC Comics villain in the movie, and he reprised the role in both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises during a tense court scene, however, the actor revealed an interesting bit of trivia about how he landed the role.

During a recent interview with GQ magazine, which they published on YouTube, Murphy revealed that he first auditioned for the role of Batman, which ended up going to Christian Bale.

“I had seen Chris’ movies prior to Batman Begins and I was a huge fan of them,” Murphy admitted.

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Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow (Credit: Warner Bros.)

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He went on to add: “About 10 of us went up for Batman and I was aware that I was clearly not the right material for Batman. So I did a screen test in the whole suit and everything. But Chris said there might be another part. So we met and we chatted, and I ended up playing Scarecrow in the end.”

Nolan was definitely right about Murphy being perfect for the role of Scarecrow. That said, I would have loved to have seen what he would have done with the role of Batman.

He did end up getting rave reviews for his performance as Scarecrow in Batman Begins.

Murphy continued: “He’s one of the oldest villains in the series so they gave me some of the very early comics, which I read.”

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“Even though it’s a big studio picture, big studio production, it’s only Chris, his cameraman, and the first AD who are around when you’re shooting. It’s a very private, very calm, very quiet set. There are no monitors, there’s no video village, there’s none of that stuff.

“So even though it’s a huge movie it feels like an independent film, and I’ve always felt that the only difference between those films is the resources you have and it’s how you utilize the resources. So Chris is very confident in delivering scale but also he concentrates very much on performance.”

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