Jason Statham Originally Selected for the Role of Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders

Jason Statham Originally Selected for the Role of Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders

Steven Knight, the creator of the Peaky Blinders series, announced that he initially preferred Jason Statham for the character of Tommy Shelby, but Cillian Murphy took the role with a text message at the last moment.The fate of the successful BBC series Peaky Blinders, which started to be broadcast in 2013, changed with a last-minute message. Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby, the main character of the series and the leader of the Shelby family, took the role from Statham at the last moment.Series creator Steven Knight revealed in an interview with Esquire that he met both Cillian Murphy and Jason Statham in Los Angeles for the role of Tommy Shelby and chose Jason for the role. He thought that Statham, who had a role in movies such as Knight, Fast & Furios 7, The Expendables, The Transporter, was a very suitable candidate for the role due to his physical appearance.However, as it is known, Jason Statham did not appear in front of the cameras with the role of Tommy Shelby. Steven Knight said, “Cillian is not like Tommy when you meet him. Frankly, I was too stupid to realize that. He then sent me a message saying, ‘Remember, I’m an actor,’ and that’s the case, it can transform itself. If you see him on the street, he is a completely different person.”Steven Knight Also Made Clarifications About the Characters Who Died from the Peaky Blinders Series Steven Knight also stated that he regretted killing Aiden Gillen’s character Aberama Gold and two other characters too early regarding the series. “I shouldn’t have killed Aberama, maybe I could have left him injured.” Knight made statements about other characters.“The character of Barney played by Cosmo Jarvis is terrific. I wish I could keep him alive because he was such a good doctor. The other is Malacki Byrne, played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. It’s a small role, but it plays it brilliantly. But sometimes you have to do this to keep the story going…”The shooting of the new season of Peaky Blinders, whose 5th season was last broadcast, was stopped due to the coronavirus epidemic. It remains unclear for now when the popular series will return to the screens.

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