Cillian Murphy, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming biopic, 'Oppenheimer', has shared that in order to prepare for the titular character and to get into its mindspace, he read Bhagavad Gita
Actor Cillian Murphy, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming biopic, 'Oppenheimer', has shared that in order to prepare for the titular character and to get into its mindspace, he read Bhagavad Gita, the foundational text of Hinduism. The movie is based on the life of nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who is widely regarded as the 'Father of the nuclear bomb', the film adapts the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. With a particular focus on the Trinity Test and the Manhattan Project which led to creation of the atom bomb, the movie also showcases the race against time of the Americans to finish building their bomb before Nazi Germany can complete theirs.
American nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War 2, and is often credited as the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project, learned Sanskrit at Berkley. "I have become death, the destroyer of worlds" is the most repeated quote of Oppenheimer. He borrowed it from Geeta.
Talking about the same, Cillian Murphy said: "I did read the Bhagavad Gita in preparation for the film. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful text. Very inspiring. It was a consolation to him. He kind of needed it. It provided a lot of consolation to him all his life."
The cast has been making the waves recently. They walked out of the screening of their film as SAG-AFTRA prepared to go on strike. The guild announced a strike. Director Christopher Nolan told the crowd at the film's London premiere that the cast of his film had left and are off to 'write their picket signs', reported Deadline.
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