Cillian Murphy has reacted to the media attention he received for his nude scenes in Peaky Blinders, blaming it on the "dumbing down of journalism" which he finds "very frustrating."
The 40-year-old Inception star - who plays ruthless Brummie gangster Tommy Shelby in BBC2's award-winning series - spoke to The Guardian about his former discomfort at fulfilling media duties.
"I was very uncomfortable with this [the interview, the dictaphone]," the actor said. "The reductive nature nowadays of most journalism is very frustrating."
On newspaper articles dedicated to his recent bum baring in the gangster drama, he reflected: "It is getting absurd with the dumbing down, the level of questions you get asked."
He added: "Seriously, though, if someone asks a stupid question, you can only give a stupid answer or appear arrogant.
"But all of this stuff I tolerate a lot better now. Patience is something that as a young man I didn't have - when waiting for parts to arrive or waiting for people to behave as I wanted them to."
Meanwhile, Murphy is promoting Ben Wheatley's crime drama Free Fire, which follows two gangs in an epic shootout for survival after an arms deal goes awry. It's set in 1978 Boston, and co-stars Michael Smiley and Sam Riley as fellow Irishmen against American rivals Brie Larson and Armie Hammer.
"The film is unique," he added to the paper."Ben [Wheatley] spoke about it to me at our very first meeting all those years ago and I was very taken with the idea of making a film that is one long gunfight."
What's not to love?
Free Fire is released across cinemas in the UK from 15 March.