Cillian Murphy’s been keeping quiet for quite some time, and he’s glad his gag order is being lifted. As part of the cast of Christopher Nolan’s mysterious “Inception,” Murphy, who plays a psychologically damaged heir to a powerful multi-million dollar corporation, maintained radio silence while the film was shot and completed. But it wasn’t like he and his cast-mates were exactly forced into secrecy. “It was quite laid back, really. [The studio] didn’t make us sign stuff. It was just Chris,” he says.
The intricate nature of “Inception” — involving the theft of dreams — and his earlier movies is a major part of what makes Nolan such a great filmmaker, Murphy thinks. “What’s great about Chris is that he presupposes a level of intelligence in the audience. And I think audiences are grateful for that,” Murphy says. “He goes, ‘Right, you’re going to have to apply yourself, but I know you can. And if you do, then the reward’s going to be very rich.’ Audiences, I think, like that.”