Peacock is an American film released in 2010 directed by Michael Lander, written by Lander and Ryan Roy, and starring Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page and Susan Sarandon. The film's protagonist, John Skillpa, who lives in the small town of Peacock, Nebraska, suffers from dissociative identity disorder. After the death of his overbearing and abusive mother, he begins dressing up in her clothes and putting on a wig. She is more outgoing and charming than he is, while he is withdrawn and has no sense of purpose in life.
This is how John's life goes from day to day until a train accident happens near his house: a derailed train rides into his yard. People who have rushed to see if he is all right find him dressed in a woman's dress. John introduces himself as Emma Skillpa. The case is read in the paper by his longtime friend, Maggie, who comes to John's house with her two-year-old son, asking him to help her with the money. In the course of the film, it is revealed, that Maggie and John met three years ago thanks to his mother who seeing Maggie in need of money offered her to meet her reserved son by paying for it.
John is finally confused about life and decides to fake his death. As Emma Skillpa, he lures a visiting man to a motel, kills him and burns down the motel room rented in his real name. Everyone thinks the man's corpse is John. The protagonist goes on to exist as a woman named Emma Skillpa. The filming of the train derailment scene took place at a local set of train tracks; line producer Brian Bell explained that this particular shot was a visual effects shot, where the train would eventually be digitally edited to appear as if it was passing through Skillpa's backyard, even though it is not physically there. Although the shooting took four hours to complete, it only comprises about 10 to 15 seconds of the film.
Cillian Murphy is an Irish stage, film and television actor and musician. Murphy is often noted by critics for his expressive blue eyes and cheekbones. He was born in 1976 in Douglas and grew up in Ballintemple, the two suburbs of Cork, Ireland. Murphy is the eldest of four children in a family of educators: his father works for the Irish Department of Education and Skills and his mother teaches French in school. Killian's uncles, aunts and grandfather also work as teachers. The actor received his secondary education at Presentation Brothers College in Cork. The family was musical and Killian had a passion for music from a young age. In 1992, at the age of 16, Killian found himself in a drama class taught by Pat Kiernan - an Art Director of Cork's Corcadorca Theatre Company.