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Oppenheimer: Cillian Murphy Read The Bhagavad Gita For His Role

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Actor Cillian Murphy, who is getting ready for the premiere of his next biopic, Oppenheimer, revealed that he read the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of Hinduism, to prepare for the eponymous role and to enter its mental state.

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.


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“I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” is the most repeated quote of Oppenheimer. He borrowed it from Geeta. Cillian Murphy said about the same: “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.”

Also Read: The Lesser-Known Facts About J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Atomic Bomb Pioneer

In an interview with Wired, Christopher Nolan disclosed that the movie Oppenheimer will center on the innovation that irrevocably altered the trajectory of human history. When asked about artificial intelligence, Christopher Nolan compared it to modern inventions like the atomic bomb.


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Christopher Nolan compared AI and the atomic bomb by saying, “I think the relationship is an interesting one. It’s not the same. But it’s the best analogy — which is why I used it in Tenet, for the dangers of unthinkingly unleashing a new technology on the world. It’s a cautionary tale. There are lessons to be learned from it.” He further mentioned that the atomic bomb was an invention that endangered the entire world.

The iconic director of Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Tenet, and Dunkirk is behind the lens of Oppenheimer. PVR INOX is scheduled to premiere the movie in India on July 21, 2023.

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