PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 19:01, Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Peaky Blinders main man Tommy Shelby is portrayed by Cillian Murphy who expertly changes his accent, from Irish to Brummie to play the iconic gangster.
In a new video by the BBC, the actor can be heard speaking with his Irish accent as he details his character.
Reflecting on Tommy’s life, he explained: “I always use the First World War as the, sort of, you know - as the sort of line.
“And there was a Tommy before the First World War. And then that happened, and then there’s a Tommy Shelby after the First World War.
“And he’s the one that we meet at the beginning of series one.”
Cillian went on to note the men who went to war came back “devastated” and had never witnessed conflict on that scale.
“And of course back then they were just spat back into society with no help,” he continued.
Revealing how Tommy himself was affected by war, Cillian remarked: “For Tommy, I think what it did was - he lost all faith. Religion was just a joke, you know, authority was just a joke. You know, the establishment was a joke.
“Tommy was a clay-kicker in the First World War, which is basically a tunneller. They