OnlyOnAOL: The odd link between Vin Diesel and Jamie Dornan
By: Donna Freydkin
It's one of those stories that's so mind-blowing, you don't expect it to actually be true. But it is.
We're talking about "Anthropoid," the film directed by Sean Ellis and starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy as two Czech soldiers who plot to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, one of the highest-ranking German Nazi officials as well as one of the main architects of the Holocaust. And even when their plan implodes, they still succeed -- Heydrich died in Prague in 1942.
The story is powerful. But it goes beyond that.
"What did we take away from the movie? Just friendship, I would say. It's genuine. You don't always get that," says Dornan."
Of course, it's not exactly reciprocated, he jokes. "I've tried Cillian a million times this week and he doesn't answer. He doesn't get back to me. I heard that's the kind of guy he is. And it's true," says Dornan.
But in reality, "We're all genuinely proud of the movie. I'm very proud of Cillian and Sean and a tiny bit proud of myself."
Murphy has starred in such massive productions as "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" for Christopher Nolan, and is currently shooting the equally big-ticket World War II drama "Dunkirk" for the acclaimed director. But "Anthropoid" holds a very special place in his heart.
"Working in film, you go from job to job. You get very intensely involved with people. Sometimes you actually get a genuine friendship out of it. It's very rare," says Murphy.
Even his son, 9, was infatuated with Dornan.
"We do this thing with my kids sometimes: 'So if you're stuck on a desert island, who would you have with you?' My little boy was like, 'Who's the guy you did 'Anthropoid' with, Jamie? I'd take him. He's funny. And the guy from 'Fast & Furious.' Vin Diesel. He can help. You're just there for the comedy," says Murphy to Dornan, who looks faux-outraged.
"I can fight off pirates and (expletive!)" he exclaims.