His career thus far has seen him survive the living dead, battle Batman not once but three times, and wage gang wars on the streets of Birmingham in hit TV series Peaky Blinders. Nonetheless, blue-eyed Irishman Cillian Murphy takes on his greatest screen adversary yet this December; an 80-tonne sperm whale in a rage.
The film, In the Heart of the Sea by Ron Howard, which exposes the true story behind Melville's epic Moby-Dick, depicts a seafaring crew of a whaleship called the Essex. Murphy, who grew up in Cork on the south-west coast of Ireland, took to the role quickly. “They’ve grown up together, sailing together as boys,” he told his interviewer, whale-watcher and author Philip Hoare, of the crew in the film. “I could relate to that, because it was the kind of thing that I did.”
This exclusive film directed by Julien Pujol gives an atmospheric glimpse behind the scenes of Murphy’s cover shoot, styled by Alister Mackie and lensed by Willy Vanderperre. The actor assumes a reflective role in the sombre scenes, lingering and melancholic.
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Photography Willy Vanderperre; Styling Alister Mackie; Hair Duffy Anthony Turner at Art Partner; Make up Laura Dominique at Streeters; Set design Emma Roach at Streeters; Photographic producer Thea Charlesworth; Production Floriane Desperier at 4oktober; Lighting technician Romain Dubus; Digital operator Henri Coutant at Dtouch; Photo assistants Jared Beck, Jori Komulainen; Tailor Alina Gencaite; Styling assistants Reuben Esser, Peghah Malleknejad; Hair assistant David Harborow; Set design assistant Rebecca Scott; Music Fabien Girard