Cillian Murphy Reveals How He Got Scarecrow Role After Auditioning For Batman

Cillian Murphy Scarecrow Batman

Batman Begins star Cillian Murphy revealed how his audition for Batman eventually lead to his role as Scarecrow.

In a recent GQ video, Cillian Murphy discussed some of his most iconic characters. This, of course, included his role as Doctor Johnathan Crane, a.k.a. Scarecrow, in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. In it, Cillian Murphy revealed that he initially auditioned for the role of Batman. Right from the start, however, he didn’t think he was the right person for the part. After doing a screen test director Christopher Nolan seemed to agree. However, he thought that he might be right for another part which eventually turned into Scarecrow:

About ten of us went up for Batman. And I was aware that I was clearly not the right material for Batman. I didn’t think so. I did a screen test and the whole suit and everything and but Chris said you might be another part. So we met and we chatted and I end up playing Scarecrow.

You can see the full GQ video with Cillian Murphy below:

Cillian Murphy, of course, portrayed the Scarecrow in all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. In the first film, Batman Begins, he was one of Batman’s primary antagonists and one of the developers of the gas that Ra’s Al Ghul would use to try and destroy Gotham. In the second film, The Dark Knight, Cillian Murphy had a brief role in the film and was quickly captured by Batman at the film’s start. In The Dark Knight Rises Scarecrow acted as a judge after Bane took over Gotham and notably exiled people from the city. But, as it turned out, he went in to play Batman and instead became one of his enemies.

What did you all think of Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of Scarecrow? Should he have been given more screentime in these films? Would he have made a better Batman than Christian Bale? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: GQ

Trey Griffeth

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