Peaky Blinders: Cillian Murphy reveals theory about the success of the series

Peaky Blinders: Cillian Murphy reveals theory about the success of the series

In an interview with BBC iPlayer, actor Cillian Murphy, protagonist of Peaky Blinders, reflected on what makes the series such a success. Undoubtedly, the brilliance of Thomas Shelby, the character he plays, may have to do with the high demand for the series. However, that’s not all.

For Murphy, the show’s portrayal of the working class was a big differentiator. “In the UK, everyone was doing series about the aristocracy. We were one of the first to portray workers and that made the audience able to connect,” she said.

In addition, the fascination with gangsters may also have contributed to the success. “People love gangsters because they live outside of society, with their own moral code and an intriguing lifestyle. It fascinates them.”

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Cillian Murphy Almost Wasn’t Cast in Peaky Blinders

These days, it’s hard to imagine Thomas Shelby as any other actor. However, Murphy almost didn’t get the role and the main character’s fate could have been very different.

Also during the interview, the artist revealed that the production felt insecure when casting him because Murphy had never played this type of character.

Thomas Shelby is tough and relentless and Murphy’s characters have always been more charismatic. Therefore, the production needed a vote of confidence and, fortunately, the partnership worked!

Peaky Blinders is a series with six seasons that follows the history of the gang that gives the series its name, right after the First World War. Led by Tommy Shelby, they are of Roma origin and live in Birmingham, England.

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In addition to Cillian Murphy, the cast also includes Helen McCrory as Elizabeth “Polly” Gray, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby and Joe Cole as John Shelby. Tom Hardy, Sam Neill, Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg, Charlotte Riley, Paddy Considine, Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Claflin, James Frecheville and Stephen Graham complete the casting.

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