Cillian Murphy has said the impact of Peaky Blinders is "very humbling", after it was revealed that his performance in the show led to him being cast in the upcoming horror/thriller A Quiet Place II.
The follow-up to the hugely popular and critically acclaimed 2018 movie, A Quiet Place II sees the Irish actor play new character Emmett alongside returning cast members Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.
Writer and director John Krasinski, who also co-wrote, directed and starred in the first film, said he cast Murphy as the "morally ambiguous" Emmett after he and his wife Blunt binge-watched Peaky Blinders.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the Cork star, who plays leading protagonist Tommy Shelby in the BBC drama, said he was glad Krasinski "took the time to watch the show" and said he continues to be amazed by its far-reaching success.
"We’ve just been doing a junket here in New York, so you get a lot of foreign journalists from Venezuela, Peru and Japan. And people talk about the show and how much they love it. And that is a completely unexpected occurrence for us", he said.
"Nobody knew this would happen because the show had no advertising; it grew completely just by word of mouth. So I think we’re all really proud of it and delighted that the fans enjoy it so much.
"Our fans are very, very devoted and very, very loyal, and they’re all over the world, which is kind of a lovely feeling and very humbling."
The Irish actor went on to praise his A Quiet Place II co-star Emily Blunt, saying she is "one of the finest actors working today."
He enthused: "She's extraordinary. There's nothing she can’t do, and I’ve admired her work for a long, long time now. We kind of came up at the same time through the business, but we never met or worked together until now.
"It’s lovely when you get to work with actors whose work you’ve admired, especially when they turn out to be wonderful people as well. And that was the case with Emily.
"She’s just a really good person and really great company - and same with John. That’s such a bonus when you have to go through quite an intense, grueling shoot with your colleagues."
Murphy and his sons watched A Quiet Place together and were hugely impressed by the tense horror/thriller.
When asked what his kids thought of him joining the film's sequel, he said: "It came so out of the blue, and it came about a year later after we had seen the movie together."
He added with a laugh: "They're teenagers so they’re rarely impressed, but they were kind of impressed by that."
A Quiet Place II is due for release on June 3.