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July 19, 2023

Extreme diet Cillian Murphy adopted for Oppenheimer role: ‘Emaciated’

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Hollywood stars regularly undergo dramatic transformations for movie roles but sometimes it’s more than just hair and makeup, with actors adopting strict diet and exercise regimes to truly portray a character.

Cillian Murphy took an extreme approach to dieting in order to transform into scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer for the film Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan.

So much so his co-star Emily Blunt, who plays his on-screen wife, has revealed Murphy ended up “emaciated”.

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Cillian Murphy has a “monumental undertaking” for his Oppenheimer role. (Getty Images for Universal Pictu)

“He had such a monumental undertaking,” Blunt told Extra. “And he could only eat, like, an almond every day. He was so emaciated.”

The 47-year-old had previously revealed to The New York Times he loves “acting with my body”, sharing an insight into his commitment to weight loss for the role.

“Oppenheimer had a very distinct physicality and silhouette, which I wanted to get right,” he told the publication in May.

“I had to lose quite a bit of weight, and we worked with the costume and tailoring; he was very slim, almost emaciated, existed on martinis and cigarettes.”

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Emily Blunt revealed the star was “so emaciated” after his extreme diet. (Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/WireIma)

However, he also stressed his regime was “not healthy” and shouldn’t be something replicated by the average person wanting to lose weight.

It’s why the Peaky Blunders star has taken care not to share his actual nutrition plan for the role, including what foods he cut or how much weight he lost.

“You become competitive with yourself a little bit, which is not healthy. I don’t advise it,” he told The Guardian. “I don’t want it [headlines] to be, ‘Cillian lost X weight for the part’,” he added.

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Murphy transformed into scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer for the film. (Universal Pictures)

Eating an extremely calorie-restricted diet can have negative effects on the body over the long term, including extreme hunger, cravings and fatigue over time.

As dietitian Susie Burrell explained on 9Honey Coach previously “each and every person has different calorie requirements depending on their age, gender, activity levels and the goals they have for their body, and as such there is not a set number of calories a person requires.”

“What’s important to remember is that the body requires a certain number of calories each day to preserve metabolic rate,” she added.

So while in general eating fewer calories will lead to weight loss, there is a lot more going on.

“Calorie intakes of as little as 800-1000 per day, along with an hour of two of intense physical training means that the body is getting nowhere near the calories it requires to perform optimally, and will in turn reduce metabolic rate over time to deal with the deficit,” Burrell explained.

“The body is like a machine, requiring the right fuel, in the right amounts to be at its best.”

People living with eating disorders or disordered eating, or who are concerned about themselves, or their loved ones are encouraged to contact the Butterfly Foundation Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673).

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