Colin Farrell
Irish actor
Colin Farrell
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. After TV and film work in the UK, he was discovered by Joel Schumacher upon auditioning for Tigerland (2000). The string of American thrillers that followed, Phone Booth (2002), S.W.A.T. , and The Recruit (both 2003) established his box office bankability. In the workaholic pattern that he would be known for in the industry, during those same years, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report and as the villain in Daredevil.
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The Trailer For Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' Previews A Southern Gothic Horror
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Here’s a rare remake worth your excitement: The first trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” has arrived.  Coppola gives her own spin on the 1971 drama starring Clint Eastwood, itself an adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 Southern Gothic novel. Colin Farrell plays a Confederate soldier riding out an injury at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia. As he bonds with the sheltered women on the property ― played by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, “Pete’s Dragon” star Oona Laurence and “The Nice Guys” breakout Angourie Rice ― things get a little twisted.  “The Beguiled” marks Coppola’s first theatrical release since 2013’s “The Bling Ring.” It opens June 23. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Colin Farrell likes his storytelling on the provocative side, as with 'The Lobster'
LATimes - about 1 month
Colin Farrell is in the middle of a career peak. The collective pop culture zeitgeist just isn’t 100% completely aware of it yet, but by this point next year it will be. Presently, the Irish born actor, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in “In Bruges,”  is celebrating a Globe nomination...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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Colin Farrell looks at his career from 'Frankie Starlight' to 'Fantastic Beasts'
LATimes - 3 months
If you ask Colin Farrell what unites all his work on film and television, his only reply is “me.” The 40-year-old actor, born in Dublin, Ireland, has often sought edgier roles, like in the recent second season of “True Detective” or in last year’s eclectic indie “The Lobster.” But he’s also ventured...
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'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,' A Blockbuster About Persecution, Is Extra Timely
Huffington Post - 3 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. This post contains mild spoilers. In “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” you will find a lot of fantastic beasts. These outlawed creatures scurry to and fro, stealing shiny things, rampaging through New York and invoking an “aw, shucks” charm.  Like the rest of the “Harry Potter” franchise, which was always about death and the trials of uninvited heroism, the subtext buried in this prequel stretches far beyond its easy charisma. “Fantastic Beasts” is not really a movie about fantastic beasts at all. It’s a parable about persecution. Following the election of Donald Trump, a documented xenophobe who built his campaign on discriminatory rhetoric, that’s never been a timelier theme. Set in 1926, “Fantastic Beasts” opens with British magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arriving at New York City customs carrying a su ...
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Surviving Doomsday: Of Wolves And Penguins
Huffington Post - 3 months
Note: plot spoilers contained herein. As I try to redirect or just manage to do something else with my angst over what may happen on Election Day other than to obsessively check the red, blue, and yellow prediction maps, it occurs to me that it is worth revisiting two films released last year in the U.S. that could not speak more appropriately to the current state of affairs: The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg, 2016). These are two dystopian science-fiction films that either emerge from or predict the current political climate. Indeed, one wishes that the lamentable state of affairs in this election might have just been a science-fiction plot, or just a bad, postmodern melodrama, replete with villains with no virtuous character to rescue. But, instead, its sordid reality has a vast majority of Americans, myself included, agonizing over an all-too-real possibility that dystopia will no longer be the stuff of science-fiction. Might we all ju ...
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J.K. Rowling Says The 'Fantastic Beasts' Series Will Probably Be Five Movies
Huffington Post - 4 months
The magic lives on! And on and on and on, apparently.  At a fan preview of next month’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Thursday, J.K. Rowling said she is “pretty sure” there will be five movies in the new “Harry Potter” prequel series. Rowling has already finished the script for the second installment, which is slated to open in 2018. It, too, will revolve around zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), but will move from New York to another large city. Rowling did not confirm whether the next three films will feature Newt.  Headquartered in London and streamed in major cities across the globe, Thursday’s preview, which I caught in New York, showcased the opening scene of “Fantastic Beasts” and an action-packed montage of footage. Put simply, it feels very much like a “Harry Potter” movie, which is nice. (David Yates, who directed the final four “Potter” installments, also made “Fantastic Beasts” and will helm its sequel.) The movie opens with a series of Dai ...
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What’s on TV Saturday
NYTimes - 7 months
In “The Lobster,” Colin Farrell plays a divorced man who has 45 days to find his soul mate or be turned into a crustacean. And “Looking: The Movie” brings closure to the beloved HBO series.
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21 Times That Celebrity Dads Shared The Messy Side Of Parenting
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When you're dealing with diaper blowouts, baby vomit and utter exhaustion, any reluctance to talk about the messy parts of parenting tends to fly out the window.  Even famous parents know this to be true. In honor of Father's Day, here are 21 spot-on quotes from celebrity dads who are more than happy to discuss the down and dirty of fatherhood.  1. On newborn bodily fluids: "I've never had more poop on my person." -- Justin Timberlake 2. On kid germs: "Kids are like buckets of disease. Last week I got a flu that I caught because my daughter coughed into my mouth." -- Louis C.K. 3. On dad style:  "Every dad should own cargo pants because they have a lot of pockets. Pacifiers and bottles and diapers and wet wipes and crackers and little toy dinosaurs and candy for treats for any child that has behaved or when you’re trying to bribe them. Yeah, cargo pants." -- Taye Diggs 4. On frightening bodily fluids: "They vomit a lot. For a second, I thought I needed ...
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Colin Farrell’s 6-Year-Old Son Sounds Smarter Than Most Trump Supporters
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Colin Farrell raised 'em right!  The Irish actor visited "The Ellen Show" on Tuesday to promote his new film, "The Lobster," and celebrate his upcoming 40th birthday. If #Thisis40, then aging never looked so good. But aside from acting, Farrell spends most of his time with his two boys, Henry and James. His 6-year-old, Henry, has somehow caught wind of the presidential election and naturally had some questions for Dad.  "I came in the other day and CNN was on," Farrell explained to Ellen. "He said, 'Daddy?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Can I ask you something?' I go, 'Oh no, here we go.' I said, 'Yeah,' and he said, 'That man Donald Trump’s not gonna be president, right?'" Farrell, of course, couldn't definitively answer his son's question, explaining how close the 2016 election could be, but that didn't stop Henry from choosing his candidate.  He added, "If I was a vote, I’d vote for that lady person."  ...
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Review: In ‘The Lobster,’ Colin Farrell Plays a Divorced Man in a Loner-Hating Society
NYTimes - 10 months
Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreal allegory about tyrannical monogamy and its direct counterpart is dosed with bitterness as well as comic whimsy.
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Even Harry Potter Was In Jimmy Kimmel's Latest 'Mean Tweets'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Mean Tweets" just got more magical. Jimmy Kimmel has had everyone from The Rock to Benedict Cumberbatch read insulting tweets about themselves on the show, but Wednesday's round of celebs actually included Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. (Accio, good times!) Joining Radcliffe were Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sean Penn, Liv Tyler, Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Michael B Jordan, Key and Peele, Julianna Margulies, Colin Farrell, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell and more. Here are some of the highlights: OK, we're going to use a time-turner and watch this over and over. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Colin Farrell
  • 2016
    Age 39
    Colin Farrell's dad Eamon, was married at age of 73 to partner Eileen Pollard, who is of Greek Cypriot heritage, on 5th July 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Eamon was married in Limassol, Cyprus with Colin flying in for the event.
  • 2015
    Age 38
    In 2015 Farrell became an official Ambassador of the Homeless World Cup which uses street football to inspire homeless people to change their lives. Colin met English actress and singer Amelia Warner at the premiere of Quills in 2000. They dated from July to November 2001. There was speculation that they married; of the experience, the actor said "Too fast, too young." However, in December 2011 Warner told The Sun that the marriage was never legal: "We had a ceremony on a beach in Tahiti that was by no means legal and we knew it wasn't...
    More Details Hide Details It was just a thing we did on holiday. We went shark feeding and then we did that. We booked them both on the activities desk at the hotel." Colin has a tattoo of Amelia`s name around his ring finger.
    The actor is also starring in the The Lobster, a romantic science fiction thriller due to be released in 2015 and directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut.
    More Details Hide Details Its script was awarded the ARTE International Prize for Best CineMart 2013 Project at the 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival. Set in a dystopian near-future in which finding a partner is a matter of life and death, the film tells an unconventional love story. The film also stars Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman, Léa Seydoux and John C. Reilly. Farrell will also appear in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In 2007, Farrell joined other celebrities as a spokesman for the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China. He has also lent his support to the anti-bullying campaign Stand Up! organised by the Irish LGBT youth organisation BeLonG To in March 2012. The actor appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show two years earlier to increase awareness of the subject.
    In 2015, he starred as Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of HBO's True Detective, alongside Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch.
    More Details Hide Details Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Rita (née Monaghan) and Eamon Farrell. His father played football for Shamrock Rovers and ran a health-food shop. His uncle, Tommy Farrell, also played for Shamrock Rovers. The actor has an openly gay older brother, Eamon, Jr., who is married to artist Stephen Mannion, and two sisters, Claudine and Catherine; Claudine, his older sister, is his personal assistant. When Farrell was ten, his family moved to Castleknock, a Dublin suburb. He was educated at St. Brigid's National School, followed by secondary school at Castleknock College and then Gormanston College in County Meath. Farrell unsuccessfully auditioned for the Irish musical group Boyzone around this time. He was inspired to try acting when Harry Butlers performance in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial moved him to tears. With his brother's encouragement he attended the Gaiety School of Acting, dropping out when he was cast as Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama about a young English priest who becomes part of an Irish rural community.
  • 2014
    Age 37
    In 2014, Farrell starred in a film adaptation of Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale.
    More Details Hide Details The film was written and directed by Akiva Goldsman and based on Helprin's 1983 novel, and co-starred Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith. Farrell won the lead role over younger actors Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hiddleston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Although the film generally received negative reviews due to the overly romantic nature of the film, writers such as The Village Voices Stephanie Zacharek had nothing but praise for Farrell. She described him as "an extraordinary appealing actor" who "has always made a terrific bad boy, but... seems to be settling into some very serious, responsible-adult roles." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle agreed, writing that the actor "holds the movie together" and is part of "the most beautiful scene so far of 2014." His work as the alcoholic father that P.L. Travers adores in Saving Mr. Banks got contrasting reviews with Variety's Scott Foundras calling it "excellent" and Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter "his best work in some time" but The Guardians Peter Bradshaw describing it as "bland" and "uninspired" and The Telegraphs Robbie Collin expressing that the actor was wrong for the role.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    March 2013 saw the release of Dead Man Down, a thriller directed by Niels Arden Oplev reuniting Farrell with Terrence Howard for the first time since Hart's War ten years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details Noomi Rapace, star of Oplev's The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, starred as a facially scarred woman who blackmails Farrell's character into killing the man who disfigured her in a car crash. Reviews were mixed, with Empire calling the film "a pleasingly intricate double (or is it triple?) revenge plot anchored by excellent acting" and the Hollywood Reporter saying that "J.H. Wyman's script and the measured pace don't lend themselves to the necessary escalating tension that would have resulted in a more rewarding climax." The New York Times Manola Dargis called the film a failure, but said of the actor: "Farrell and his sensitive, hardworking eyebrows help keep it from becoming a full-bore lampoon." Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News also disliked the film; it contained "a lot to roll your eyes over" and, while Farrell was commendable, he was "as stoic as a statue".
  • 2012
    Age 35
    After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Seven Psychopaths (Farrell's second film with McDonagh) was released in October 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The actor starred as creatively blocked writer Marty in a black comedy with Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. It broke even at the box office and reviews were generally good, with David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter writing that Farrell "serves as an excellent foil for Rockwell" and the actor "is in subdued mode his performance largely defined by the endless expressivity of his eyebrows". That month, Farrell appeared on the cover of the magazine Details.
    Farrell starred with Kate Beckinsale in Columbia Pictures' Total Recall, a 2012 remake of the 1990 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed from May to September 2011 in Toronto and directed by Len Wiseman, the film was a new sci-fi take about a sleeper agent. Costar Jessica Biel appreciated Farrell's skills, calling the actor "surprising and exciting. He just has the ability to be trying different things all the time." Roger Ebert and the New York Times said that although they believed Farrell the better actor, Schwarzenegger in the original was "more of a movie presence and better suited for the role".
  • 2010
    Age 33
    Their relationship ended in mid-2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    Another 2009 release was Ondine, a fantasy-drama directed by Neil Jordan starring Farrell as a fisherman with a handicapped daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Shot in the village of Castletownbere on Ireland's southwest coast, it featured cinematography by longtime Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle. Mary Pols of Time magazine called the role "tailor-made for Farrell", saying that the actor gave a "beautifully confident performance". Todd McCarthy of Variety singled Farrell out, noting that he worked well as an ensemble actor "graciously allowing star Alison Barry to steal every scene she's in". The next year, Farrell starred with Keira Knightley in the crime romance London Boulevard. The film, American William Monahan's debut as director after writing screenplays for The Departed and Body of Lies, was panned by critics. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote that the film "uses up all its energy, wit and ideas in the first 20 or so minutes, before collapsing into a flurry of boring violence". Leslie Felperin of Variety described it as "like a fancy, retro-styled pocket watch that someone accidentally broke and tried to reassemble with only a vague idea of clockwork". Felperin thought the stars' work was frail, with Farrell "mostly taciturn and vacuous."
    On 11 January 2009, Farrell won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for In Bruges, in which he co-starred with Brendan Gleeson.
    More Details Hide Details That year he also appeared in Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, starring Christopher Plummer and Andrew Garfield. Farrell was one of three actors (with Johnny Depp and Jude Law), who helped complete Heath Ledger's role when Ledger died before filming ended. They played "Imaginarium" versions of Ledger's character Tony, donating their earnings to Ledger's daughter Matilda. Farrell also starred that year in Triage, directed by Oscar-winning Bosnian screenwriter and director Danis Tanović, about the life of a war correspondent. He lost 30 pounds for the role. The actor's work was described as "dedicated" by Varietys Todd McCarthy, and Julian Sancton of Vanity Fair wrote that the film was "a hell of a lot more insightful than other movies that deal with a similar topic". However, Triage was not widely distributed due to the marketing challenges posed by its difficult topics (including PTSD). That year, Farrell played a supporting role (as Tommy Sweet) in Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    Later in 2008 Farrell was brother-in-law to Edward Norton's character in Pride and Glory, a police drama directed by American Gavin O'Connor.
    More Details Hide Details Roger Ebert disliked the film and A. O. Scott said that the actor "once again indulges his blustery mixture of menace and charm, overdoing both," but Gregory Kirschling of Entertainment Weekly liked Farrell's work.
    Time called the film "the prettiest bloodbath of 2008", and Farrell received his first Golden Globe.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter he appeared in Kicking It, a documentary following six homeless men from Kenya, Russia, Afghanistan, Ireland, Spain and the US as they attempt to qualify for the Homeless World Cup. Farrell appeared on screen and provided the narration, donating his earnings to a homeless shelter in Ireland. The film was released simultaneously in theatres and on television, airing on ESPN2 in a very short window before its DVD release. Farrell received positive reviews for his involvement in the true story.
    Farrell's next film, Martin McDonagh's first full-length feature In Bruges, opened the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details While the New Yorker and TimeOut Londons film critics found co-star Brendan Gleeson's performance the stronger of the two, Bradshaw of The Guardian found Farrell (as hitman Ray) "absolutely superb: moody and funny, lethally sexy, sometimes heartbreakingly sad and vulnerable like a little boy".
  • 2007
    Age 30
    From 2007 to 2008 the actor dated Muireann McDonnell, an Irish medical student.
    More Details Hide Details Farrell and British-American writer Emma Forrest dated for over a year, an experience she discusses in depth in her memoir Your Voice in My Head (focusing on her relationship with her therapist, who died unexpectedly); it is a planned film starring either Emily Blunt or Emma Watson, and Stanley Tucci, and directed by Francesca Gregorini. According to Forrest, she and Farrell planned to have a child together before he ended the relationship. Farrell fathered his second child (born October 9, 2009) with Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.
    Farrell next appeared in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, which premiered in 2007 and was distributed in the US in early 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews were mixed, with Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide writing that Allen's work was "shallow and unconvincing from beginning to end" and Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle saying that although "it's not as good as Match Point or Crimes and Misdemeanors taken on its own, it's a fairly impressive piece, a directorially vigorous, well-acted, tightly constructed movie". LaSalle praised Farrell: "Allen is notorious for not giving his actors explicit instructions, and yet somehow this worked wonders for Farrell, who has never seemed so naked, so clear and so unencumbered as he does here." Manohla Dargis concurred in the New York Times, adding that he thought Farrell was well-matched with co-star Ewan McGregor.
  • 2006
    Age 29
    The actor was more successful in 2006 with his role opposite Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's action crime drama, Miami Vice.
    More Details Hide Details The film grossed $164 million worldwide on a budget of $135 million, and TimeOut New York ranked it among the top 50 movies of the decade. (The DVD, released the same year, also managed to sell over a million copies (equivalent to $7.91 million in pirated versions) in its first week alone., and, as of 11 February 2007, had grossed over $36.45 million in rentals. A. O. Scott criticised Farrell's work: "When he's not on screen, you don't miss him, and when he is, you find yourself, before long, looking at someone or something else." Conversely, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone was enthusiastic. The actor also reportedly took a slight pay cut to make friend and recent Oscar winner Jamie Foxx happy: His salary was initially larger than Foxx's.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    In December 2005, Farrell checked into a rehabilitation treatment centre for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers.
    More Details Hide Details He spoke about it on the Late Show with David Letterman after coming out of rehab and continued to do so in the years following. "There was an energy that was created," he says of the time when he was addicted, "a character that was created, that no doubt benefited me. And then there was a stage where it all began to crumble around me." On 20 July 2006, as Farrell was being interviewed by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford evaded security, walked on stage, confronted Farrell and threw a book on Leno's desk. Farrell escorted her off the stage as she shouted "I'll see you in court", handing her over to NBC security. After being held by the Burbank police, Bradford was released. The next day, Farrell obtained a restraining order against her and the incident was edited out of the broadcast.
    Farrell's next film was 2005's Academy Award-nominated The New World, his second historical epic.
    More Details Hide Details He played the lead role of Captain John Smith, the founder of 17th-century colonial Jamestown, Virginia who falls in love with the Native American princess Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher). Director Terrence Malick went out of his way to keep Farrell and Kilcher apart until they were filmed together. Although it was released in only 811 theatres worldwide and had a relatively low box-office gross, the film received a large number of positive reviews. In one of four reviews in The Guardian, John Patterson described it as a "bottomless movie, almost unspeakably beautiful and formally harmonious". The New World was followed by Ask the Dust, a period romance set in Los Angeles based on a John Fante novel and co-starring Salma Hayek. Reviews were mixed; Manohla Dargis of the New York Times favourably described Farrell's work, but Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian found "something a little forced in both lead performances". With a limited theatrical release, it was not a financial success.
  • 2004
    Age 27
    Farrell played the title role of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's 2004 biographical film Alexander, which, while receiving some favourable reviews internationally, was poorly received in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Its portrayal of the conqueror as bisexual was controversial; the film was criticised by some historians for its treatment of the ancient Persians, although others praised it for its accuracy. An ancient-history scholar at the University of Nebraska wrote: The film grossed $167 million worldwide, just exceeding its budget of $155 million.
    In 2004 he appeared in several other independent films receiving limited theatrical release in most countries, including A Home at the End of the World (adapted from Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World).
    More Details Hide Details Roger Ebert praised Farrell, saying that he was "astonishing in the movie, not least because the character is such a departure from everything he has done before". Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle differed, saying that the actor "is keen on making good.The effort is there, but it's a performance you end up rooting for rather than enjoying, because there's no way to just relax and watch".
  • 2003
    Age 26
    By the end of 2003 he was linked to singer Britney Spears, Playboy cover girl Nicole Narain, model Josie Maran and actresses Angelina Jolie, Maeve Quinlan and Demi Moore.
    More Details Hide Details Colin and Kim Bordenave became parents of a son, born in 2003, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. In October 2007 he said his son has Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by intellectual and developmental delay, lack of speech and a happy, excitable demeanor.
    In late 2003 Farrell starred as a criminal who plots a bank robbery with Cillian Murphy in the dark comedy Intermission, which held the record for highest-grossing Irish independent film in Irish box-office history for three years and remains a cult classic there.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    Farrell was signed to the role in December 2001, although he was considered for the lead role of Matt Murdock (Daredevil) until Ben Affleck signed.
    More Details Hide Details Farrell was encouraged to keep his Irish accent, since this version of Bullseye is from Ireland. He read Frank Miller's Daredevil comics to understand Bullseye "because the expression on the character's faces in the comic books, and just the way they move sometimes, and the exaggerations of the character I'm playing he's so over-the-top that you do draw from that. But it's not exactly a character you can do method acting for you know, running around New York killing people with paper clips". That year, he was voted sixth World's "Sexiest Man" by Company magazine.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    In 2000, Farrell was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland, an under-released film directed by American Joel Schumacher.
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly got the part on the basis of his charm. Emanuel Levy of Variety said that the actor "shines as the subversive yet basically decent lad whose cynicism may be the only sane reaction to a situation". Michael Holden of The Guardian wrote that the actor was "too much the hero" to fit the classic rebel archetype properly, but he did not mind. Tigerland earned $139,500. Farrell's next American films, American Outlaws (2001) and Hart's War (2002), were not commercially successful. His 2002–2003 films, including Phone Booth, The Recruit and S.W.A.T. (all thrillers, with the former two his first starring roles), were well received by critics and successful at the box office. Of Phone Booth, Ebert wrote that it is "Farrell's to win or lose, since he's onscreen most of the time, and he shows energy and intensity". Philip French of The Observer praised Farrell's performance. In S.W.A.T., the actor starred in an ensemble cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivier Martinez and Jeremy Renner; Renner became a friend. Alan Morrison of Empire wrote, "Farrell can usually be relied upon to bring a spark to the bonfire. That's also true of movie." Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times criticised Farrell's accent, writing that he "employed a wobbly American accent that makes him sound like an international criminal a step ahead of the authorities".
  • 1998
    Age 21
    Farrell had roles in television shows and films, including Ballykissangel and Falling for a Dancer in 1998 and 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He made his feature film debut in English actor Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone, a drama about an incident of child abuse, starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton as parents of a girl Farrell's character (Nick) dates. The actor also appeared in Ordinary Decent Criminal with Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino, a film loosely based on the life of Martin Cahill.
    He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland (2000).
    More Details Hide Details He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) and the American thrillers S.W.A.T. and The Recruit (both 2003), establishing his international box-office appeal. During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's science fiction thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in the superhero film Daredevil (2003). After starring in the independent films Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004), he headed Oliver Stone's biopic Alexander (2004) and Terrence Malick's The New World (2005). Farrell worked in Michael Mann's Miami Vice, the adaptation of John Fante's Ask the Dust (both 2006) and Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream (2007) followed, underscoring Farrell's popularity among Hollywood writers and directors; however, it was for his role in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges (2008) that he received a Golden Globe Award. In recent years, he co-starred in the comedy-horror film Fright Night (2011) and the sci-fi action film Total Recall (2012), both remakes, and McDonagh's second feature, the black comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths (2012). Farrell also starred with Noomi Rapace in the Niels Arden Oplev-directed action film Dead Man Down, and as Travers Goff in the period drama Saving Mr. Banks (both in 2013) about the author of Mary Poppins. In 2014, Farrell starred as Peter Lake in the supernatural fable Winter's Tale, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin.
  • 1976
    Born on May 31, 1976.
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