You probably know Cillian Murphy as the villainous Scarecrow from Christopher Nolan's Batman films, or as the hero of the insanely scary zombie movie 28 Days Later. But it turns out he's dabbling in directing these days. In fact, he just finished up his first music video. And it involves...lots of ballet dancers.
Weird as that sounds right off the bat, it turns out it's even weirder: Murphy admits in this interview that he's never actually been to the ballet. But when he was asked to make a video for British band MONEY's song "Hold Me Forever," ballet dancers, for some reason, immediately came to mind. A Twitter callout resulted in a collaboration with some of the most beautiful members of the English National Ballet, who danced for Murphy's cameras in London's historic Old Vic Theatre.
You'd never guess, from the finished product, that Murphy isn't a longtime ballet fan: He films the dancers beautifully and reverently, seemingly awestruck by their elegance and physicality. We see them going through their daily paces at the barre, but the exercises that we think of as so ordinary are transformed by his outsider's eye into something extraordinary. Take a look!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer