The physicist who helped Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer promises to be one of the most important films of 2023 and we tell you a great curiosity about his shooting.

Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan’s new movie. Recognized around the world, it was released on the same day as Barbie, and both films established themselves with excellent box office and large audiences worldwide.

It stars Cillian Murphy who, during recent press conferences for the film, gave some details about the preparation of his character. He plays the role of physicist J Robert Oppenheimer and the film tells the story of the creation of the atomic bomb by the physicist and his team.


In one of the interviews, Murphy remarked that he consulted physicist Kip Thorne in order to learn a bit more about the profession. Likewise, he made no effort to fully understand the scientific and philosophical question facing Oppenheimer. “Most people cannot and do not think about human existence, the structure of the world, and our place in the universe as Oppenheimer did, through the lens of quantum mechanics, with its complexities and his appreciation of paradoxes,” he said.

“So it would have been absurd of me to spend six months trying to figure it all out. Just trying to vaguely understand the concepts and then digging in and extracting the humanity, which is really important for our film. It’s a huge story, thematically, but told in a very human way. It’s not a history lesson, it’s not didactic or prescriptive, it’s not telling people, ‘Here’s what you need to know about this topic’. But it is quite clear that people can draw parallels and think about what is happening in the world today in alarming ways. Films that stimulate thought and force you to exercise are an important part of the cinematic landscape, and I think Chris always does just that in an interesting and provocative way,” he continued.

Kip Thorne appeared on the set of the film and we owe him the publication, in 2014, of the book “The Science of Interstellar” in which he explains the science behind Nolan’s film.