Cillian Murphy skips cast dinners because of his ‘Oppenheimer’ diet

Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Cillian Murphy star in Christopher Nolan’s new film, “Oppenheimer.”
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  • Matt Damon and Emily Blunt say Cillian Murphy skipped cast dinners while filming “Oppenheimer.”
  • “We invited Cillian to dinner every night, and he didn’t come,” Damon said.
  • Damon says that Murphy “lost so much weight for the part that he just didn’t eat dinner, ever.”

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt say Cillian Murphy didn’t attend cast dinners while filming “Oppenheimer” because he was on a diet as part of playing the titular role.

“Oppenheimer,” written and directed by Christopher Nolan, stars Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb. The high-stakes thriller is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Prometheus.”

The cast of “Oppenheimer” boasts many notable stars, including Blunt as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, a biologist who is also the wife of Murphy’s character, and Damon as Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project.

Like real-life scientists gathered in the middle of nowhere for their nuclear experimentation, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” filmed in a desert designed to mimic Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the 1940s.

Murphy stars in “Oppenheimer” as J. Robert Oppenheimer.
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Damon and Blunt recently told Entertainment Tonight that the experience of filming “Oppenheimer” was like being at summer camp — except with lots of margaritas.

“We got together in New Mexico, so we had dinner every night,” Damon said.

“It’s unusual for all the actors to be on location together,” Blunt said. “We shot in this really remote location in the middle of the New Mexican desert, and there was a hotel, and we were all together. That doesn’t always happen. Normally, everyone is in their own place, or you shoot in house, or everyone has their own house, and you don’t hang around.”

There was only one restaurant nearby, so the cast gathered there for daily meals, the actors said.

“That’s the only way to get food,” Blunt said.

“It’s not like the kind of restaurant that’s open 24 hours,” Damon said. “It was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s like a dining hall, you’d walk in, and you’d see everybody, so everyone would just end up sitting together.”

“Oppenheimer” tells the story of the father of the atomic bomb.
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Damon and Blunt said Murphy missed cast dinners because of his diet for the film.

“We invited Cillian to dinner every night, and he didn’t come,” Damon said, with Blunt adding that Murphy instead ate “an almond most nights or a little slice of apple.”

“He lost so much weight for the part that he didn’t eat dinner, ever,” Damon said.

Nolan has said in interviews that he wanted Murphy, a frequent supporting actor in his films, to play the lead role immediately after writing the draft for “Oppenheimer.”

Damon and Blunt previously told People magazine that the weight and “responsibility” of the role prevented Murphy from participating in fun activities with the cast.

“The amount of what he had to do and shoulder was enormous,” Blunt said. “Of course, he doesn’t want to come and have dinner with us.”

“He can’t,” Damon said. “His brain is too full.”

“Oppenheimer” is due in theaters on Friday.

Extreme calorie restriction can be dangerous

Without knowing the details of Murphy’s diet and lifestyle, it’s impossible to put his “dinners” in context.

Skipping dinner can be an attempt at intermittent fasting, which is usually done by eating all meals for the day in an eight-hour window and fasting (or drinking only water and herbal tea) for the remaining 16 hours. However, even by having an almond or a slice of apple, he is not technically fasting.

While actors preparing for roles often undergo drastic measures and go on extreme diets, when it comes to sustainable weight loss and health advice for the general public, extreme calorie restriction is not recommended.

A calorie deficit is necessary for weight loss, but dropping your calories too low can backfire — you’re at risk of nutritional deficiencies, muscle loss, brain fog, and gallstones, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Trying to stick to a very low-calorie diet is also difficult to maintain, so it can lead to yo-yo dieting and a “binge-restrict” cycle for some people.

To lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way, nutrition professionals recommend including a balance of protein, carbs, and fat in your diet, not being overly restrictive by enjoying all foods in moderation, and eating within one calorie. deficit – without going too low on calories. To make sure you lose fat instead of muscle, do resistance training and make sure you’re eating enough protein.

Slow weight loss is generally more sustainable, so it’s recommended to lose no more than one to two pounds per week on average, although people who are overweight can safely lose more pounds. fast rate (and the opposite for those without excess body fat).

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