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Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth pictured at The opening night of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the screening of 'Broken' at The Savoy Cinema last night.

Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth pictured at The opening night of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the screening of 'Broken' at The Savoy Cinema last night.

Colin O'Riordan

Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth pictured at The opening night of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the screening of 'Broken' at The Savoy Cinema last night.

IRISH acting star Cillian Murphy is looking for a new role – as a movie director.

The Batman Begins star has said he would consider directing a movie if the right opportunity came up.

"I think if it's a good story and you feel like you have to tell that story, then maybe, yes," Cillian told the Herald.

Asked if he had come up with any stories himself, he said "No, I'm not a writer."

Cillian doesn't have any major Hollywood roles in the pipeline and is keen to focus on independent films in the coming months.

However the 36-year-old said he would consider a return to one of his most successful blockbusters – the Batman series. "I don't know what they're doing with it – but, yes, I wouldn't rule it out," he says.

Cillian does not have a preference when it comes to big productions or budget flicks, he says he is just motivated by "good scripts".

"I just follow the great scripts," added the star, who has been enjoying a short stay in Dublin at the Jameson International Film Festival before flying out again this weekend.

Cork native Cillian received international acclaim for roles in hit films such as Inception and the Wind That Shakes The Barley.

 

Release

But he says he would like more small screen parts – his new TV series Peaky Blinders is due for release in the autumn.

Cillian is a huge fan of the festival, which premiered his new movie, Broken.

Cillian stars in the film, directed by Rufus Norris, alongside English actor Tim Roth.

Tim, who has starred in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, is a big fan of Cillian and sang his praises as he followed him down the red carpet at last night's premiere. The actor admitted that when he first saw Cillian in an acting role he thought he was there purely for his good looks.

Tim was on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 when the Wind That Shakes the Barley won the overall prize, the Palme D'Or and was soon won over by Cillian's talents.

 

Pretty

"When I first saw Cillian come on, I thought, 'Oh no, the director's gone for the pretty boy, this is going to be awful'," he said.

"But then he just blows you away, he's a fantastic actor – and he looks like (he does), which is really annoying." The film opened yesterday with the gala screening of Broken.

The festival will run until February 24 and will feature an appearance by Hollywood legend Danny DeVito, who will arrive in Dublin next Thursday for a special screening of his film LA Confidential.

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