Finally, we asked Murphy if he thought that this movie might change people's perception of him as playing only bad guys. "Since 'Red Eye,' I've done this movie, 'Sunshine,' then 'Watching the Detectives," all of them playing the moral center," he replied about the touchy subject. "I've made twelve movies where I've played the lead and only two of them are bad guys, but they're the biggest grossing ones. I don't care how people perceive my career. If you want to think I only do bad guys than you haven't looked at my filmography, it's kind of myopic. I don't make films to change people's perception. I make them because I want to challenge myself as an actor and I want to make good work. It certainly hasn't been an issue."
Release Date: March 16, 2007 (limited) Studio: IFC First Take Director: Ken Loach Screenwriter: Paul Laverty Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Padraic Delaney, Gerard Kearney, William Ruane Genre: Drama, War
Plot Summary: Ireland 1920: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless "Black and Tan" squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence.
Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom.
As the freedom fighters' bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. However, despite the apparent victory civil war erupts and families who fought side by side find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.