Cillian Murphy on Why We Won't Be Getting Oppenheimer Deleted Scenes

Cillian Murphy on Why We Won't Be Getting Oppenheimer Deleted Scenes
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Nolan is not a fan of directors' cuts.

Undoubtedly, Christopher Nolan is among the most esteemed and skilled directors in Hollywood today, and rightly so - his distinctive, complex style of filmmaking, accentuated by practical effects and expertly guided acting performances, has made every one of his films a masterpiece.

With the recent release of Oppenheimer, a monster of a movie, Nolan has conclusively affirmed that he's here to stay. Few other directors could have transformed a three-hour biopic about a contentious scientist into an engaging and thrilling journey for millions of people around the world the way Nolan has done it.

However, given the film's length, fans reasonably assumed that Nolan would have filmed a lot more material than the takes that ended up in the movie's theatrical release, leading to questions about whether Oppenheimer's Blu-ray or DVD releases might feature an extended cut. While the notion of getting to see Nolan's complete vision appeals to many fans, it would appear that the director's cut will never materialise in the case of Oppenheimer, as recently noted by Cillian Murphy.

Before accepting the leading role in Oppenheimer, Murphy had collaborated with Nolan on five other films, so he knows what makes the great director tick. So it should come as no surprise that it was Murphy who shed light on why fans shouldn't hold their breath in anticipation of the director's cut for Nolan's latest grand masterpiece.

'There's no deleted scenes in Chris Nolan movies. That's why there are no DVD extras on his movies because the script is the movie. He knows exactly what's going to end up– he's not fiddling around with it trying to change the story. That is the movie,' Murphy said.

Indeed, unlike many other directors in the industry, Nolan has never lost a fight with producers and has always made his movies exactly as he envisioned them, which means there can be no extended versions. With Nolan movies, what you see in theatres is always the director's cut.

Furthermore, Nolan always faithfully adheres to the script when filming and never improvises scenes as many other directors will often do. By closely following the script, Nolan creates his movies as intricate mosaics crafted with utmost precision, meaning that every one of his movies that gets released is a perfect rendering of the director's vision, and any alternative version would only detract from it.

Source: Collider.