Colin Farrell (born May 31st, 1976) is one of Ireland’s best young faces in Hollywood and abroad. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.
He was born in Castleknock, Dublin, as the youngest of four children. His father and uncle were both professional athletes and he was expected to follow in their footsteps however he decied to join a band. He couldn’t make it in the band because he was tone deft. Farrell dropped out of The Gaiety School of Acting and appeared on screen in “The War Zone” and “Drinking Crude”. From there he moved on to much bigger things.
Farrell co-starred in the war film “Hart’s War” opposite the talented Bruce Willis. Unfortunately the film was a flop like his previous film “Tigerland”. Farrell was then cast in Steven Spielberg “Minority Report” where he played opposite Tom Cruise. The film was praised by critics and loved all around.
2003 was a major year for Colin Farrell. He starred in the crime thriller “The Recruit”. Pacino later stated that Farrell was the best actor of his generation. Farrell kept very busy that year with “Daredevil”, “S.W.A.T.”, “Intermission”, and “Veronica Guerin”.
The following year, Farrell acted in what is his most infamous film role yet: the title role in the mighty Oliver Stone film epic “Alexander”, which is a character study of Alexander the Great as he travels across new worlds and conquers all the known world before him. Farrell donned a blond wig and retained his Irish accent, and gave a fine performance as Alexander. However, both he and the film were criticized. Despite being one of the highest grossing films internationally and doing a good job at the DVD sales, Farrell did not come out of the experience without a few hurts.
Since then Farrell starred in a few films including “The New World”, “Miami Vice”, “Ask The Dust”, and “Cassandra’s Dream”. Farrelle followed up with a hilarious drama, “In Bruges”, in 2008 which has been one of Farrell’s praised roles. His next film was “Pride and Glory” which did not recieve as great reviews.
As well as working with charity, and speaking at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007, he has donated his salary for “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009) to Heath Ledger’s little daughter (who was left nothing in a will that had not been updated in quite a while). Ledger had originally been cast in the film and was replaced by Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law.
"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me."
"I’m in no hurry to get anywhere. I don’t have any plans. I don’t have a map. If you did in this business, you’d destroy yourself."
On Hollywood: “I’m not seduced by it all. I swear to God. I’m easily pleased, yeah. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll indulge in it. I’ll be in Los Angeles for two weeks and I’ll have a laugh, get battered and have a buzz, but at the end of the day, I’ll go home. It’s just me earning a few more stories to tell everyone at home and all.”
"I do have the ability to explore life and to be over the moon at the smallest thing - a few pints and a craic in the pub and I’m in heaven. But I have a melancholy side to me as well. Acting allows me to feel things, it kind of buys me human experience. And I don’t mean this as acting as higher cause, because it’s not, but it does kind of have a higher awareness emotionally."
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