Peaky Blinders: Which Tommy Shelby scenes did Cillian Murphy struggle with?

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Peaky Blinders fans love Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of the brutal gangster Tommy Shelby in the BBC series. Over the years he has dealt with a number of difficult scenes, from losing his wife to the death of his brother. However, in an interview back in season one, he revealed a bit about what was hardest for him to shoot.

What was Cillian Murphy’s toughest Tom Shelby scene?

Cillian Murphy is much-loved by viewers of the crime drama thanks to his haunted portrayal of gangster Tommy Shelby.

He first appeared in the role back in 2013 when the series aired season one on BBC Two.

Fans will know a lot has happened in the series since then but the actor did open up at the time about his most challenging scenes to film.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the first outing, he was asked about which were his tricky to film in the show.

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He replied: “I’m not a tough guy at all so it was by far the toughest character I have ever portrayed.

“And him being so physical and the amount of respect and fear that this family has in this town means that we all had to look tough.

“You’ve got to commit to the material and commit to the character and his choices.

“We did a lot of fighting, stunts, and so I’ve been to the gym more than I’ve ever been in my whole life!”

Fans of the show might know how Murphy often transforms physically to play the character on screen.

As well as going to the gym, this involves cutting his hair into the classic Peaky Blinders style and changing how he walks as the character.

However, the star also revealed another part of Tommy’s personality he found testing to adopt in the show.

He added: “Also learning to handle horses, as I’ve never really done that before.

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“So I had go and spend weeks learning how to ride and how to look reasonably competent on a horse.”

Well, it certainly paid off as fans of the show will know Tommy’s love of horses is one of his defining characteristics in the series.

During a conversation with the BBC, Murphy also revealed more about why he got involved in the show in the first place.

He told the interviewer how he was drawn to the enigmatic character of Tommy as soon as he read him.

Murphy explained: “Well, I always try and follow the writing and I’ve been a fan of Steven Knight’s work for quite a while and the quality just jumped off the page.

“It’s just very unusual and very compelling and the character Tom Shelby is kind of an enigma.

“I haven’t done television in many, many years and there’s kind of a golden age with television now and for actors to get to explore characters over the course of six hours is a real treat, especially when you have writing of that calibre.”

Murphy will soon be returning to his iconic role in season six of the popular drama series.

However, filming has currently been postponed indefinitely in the wake of coronavirus COVID-19.

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This is hoped to begin again towards the end of this year or even early next year, according to director Anthony Byrne.

He told Digital Spy about how the delays mean he feels he might be delayed until 2022 as a result of the pandemic.

He said: “That feels achievable. Whether that’s true or not, I have no idea.

“If we did start shooting in January [2021] we wouldn’t finish until May or June and then it’s another six months of editing.”

Peaky Blinders 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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