Cillian Murphy is seen by many as one of the best actor around thanks to his role as Peaky Blinders’ deadly gangster Tommy Shelby.
But things haven’t always been smooth sailing for the Irish star of 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
More than a decade ago Murphy won the role of comic book villain The Scarecrow in Batman Begins, and appeared in the two further movies in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
Things could have turned out a lot differently, though. Murphy originally auditioned to play Bruce Wayne – even going as far as doing a filmed audition in Val Kilmer’s Batsuit. He lost out on the part to Christian Bale, but Nolan thought he was intense enough to play the iconic Batman villain.
“I did an awkward audition in the Batsuit.”
Speaking to The AV Club, Murphy reminisced about his failed Wayne screen test, suggesting he was more Dark Sh*te than Dark Knight.
“Chris [Nolan] had seen 28 Days Later, and that’s how I got the meeting with him,” Murphy explained “In fact, I did an awkward audition in the Batsuit.
“I think he saw something interesting in that screen test somehow, though, because he said, ‘Hey, would you be interested in playing this other part?’ Then we did a lot of work.”
Murphy also appeared in Nolan’s sci-fi mind-bender Inception and will work with Nolan again on his World War II epic Dunkirk. Actors take note: even a disastrous audition can sometimes lead to good things.
You can watch Cillian Murphy’s Batman Begins screen test – where he plays both Bruce Wayne and The Dark Knight – in the video below: