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Farrell at the premiere of Ondine at the Tribeca Film Festival, 28 April 2010
|Born||Colin James Farrell
31 May 1976
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
|Spouse||Amelia Warner (2001; divorced)|
|Partner||Kim Bordenave (2002–03; 1 child)
Alicja Bachleda-Curus (2009–2010; 1 child)
Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor, who has appeared in Tigerland, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Alexander, S.W.A.T., and in the forthcoming Total Recall remake, among others. In 2008 he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in In Bruges.
Farrell was born in Dublin, the son of Rita (née Monaghan), a housewife, and Eamon Farrell, a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers F.C. and owned a company importing and exporting canned goods in Dublin. His uncle Tommy Farrell also played for Rovers. Farrell was raised a Roman Catholic.
Farrell has two sisters, Claudine (who is his personal assistant) and Catherine, and an older brother, Eamon Jr. When he was ten, the Farrells moved to Castleknock, a Dublin suburb. Farrell was educated at St. Brigid's National School Castleknock followed by Castleknock College and Gormanston College. Farrell unsuccessfully auditioned for the Irish group Boyzone when he was still unknown. Farrell attended the Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out and was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama about a young British priest who becomes a part of a rural community.
Farrell had small parts in television shows and films, including the BBC's Ballykissangel in 1998 and 1999, and his film debut in English actor Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone. In 2000, he was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland, a film directed by the American Joel Schumacher. Farrell's next American films, American Outlaws (2001) and Hart's War (2002), were not commercially successful, but his 2003 films, including Phone Booth, S.W.A.T., and The Recruit were well-received as well as box office successes. Although he has a pronounced Irish accent, Farrell uses an American accent in many of his films including American Outlaws and his breakthrough role, Tigerland.
Farrell roles as a supporting actor include his performances as an ambitious cop opposite Tom Cruise, a potential criminal in Minority Report (2002), and as the skilled villain Bullseye in Daredevil (2003). Matt Damon was originally offered the Minority Report role but he turned it down to appear in Ocean's Eleven. Farrell said "he had no problem" that people knew he was the producer's fall back pick after Damon declined. The character of Bullseye is that of an assassin with perfect accuracy and deep-rooted pride of it. Farrell was attached to this role in December 2001, though initially he was considered for the lead role as Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, until Ben Affleck signed. Farrell was encouraged to keep his Irish accent as this version of Bullseye is from Ireland. Farrell had to read into 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."
In late 2003, Farrell starred as a criminal who plots a bank heist with Cillian Murphy in the comedy Intermission, which held the record as highest-grossing Irish independent film in Irish box office history until 2006. In 2004, Farrell appeared in several independent films that received only a limited theatrical release in most countries, including A Home at the End of the World, which received some positive reviews. Farrell appeared in 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. It was marked by controversy for portraying the ancient conqueror as bisexual, and received criticism from some historians for its portrayal of the ancient Persians, though others praised it for its accuracy in these regards as well. The movie grossed a total of $167 million worldwide, despite its poor showing within the United States, just exceeding its budget of $155 million.
Farrell's next film was 2005's Academy Award-nominated The New World, also a historical epic that was met with mixed reviews. Farrell played the leading role of Captain John Smith, the founder of 17th century colonial Jamestown, Virginia who falls in love with a beautiful Native American princess, Pocahontas, played by Q'Orianka Kilcher. The film received positive reviews, despite being released in only 811 theatres worldwide and having a relatively low box office gross.
The New World was followed by Ask the Dust, a romance film set in period Los Angeles and co-starring Salma Hayek. It received a very limited theatrical release and was not a financial success. 2006 brought more success in Farrell's career, as he appeared opposite Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's action-crime film Miami Vice. The film was a box office success grossing a total of US $164 million worldwide. Farrell was next seen in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, which premiered in 2007 and was distributed in the U.S. in early 2008. Farrell's next film, Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2008; Farrell received his first Golden Globe nomination and win for his role as Ray, a hired hitman. Shortly thereafter, he appeared in Kicking It, a documentary following six homeless men from different countries as they attempt to qualify for the Homeless World Cup. Farrell appeared on screen and provided narration. The film released simultaneously in theatres and television, airing on ESPN2 with a very short window to DVD release. Farrell received positive press for his involvement in the heartwarming true-life tale, and enthusiastic reviews for the two dramatic roles that preceded it.
On 11 January 2009, he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor: Musical or Comedy for his role in In Bruges, in which he co-starred with Brendan Gleeson. The same year, he starred in Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, alongside Christopher Plummer. He was one of the actors, along with Johnny Depp and Jude Law, who helped complete the late Heath Ledger's role after he died before filming ended. They all played "Imaginarium" versions of Ledger's character Tony. He also took a supporting role as Tommy Sweet in Crazy Heart, alongside Academy Award-winning Jeff Bridges.
2010 saw the release of Ondine, a fantasy-drama directed by Neil Jordan, which stars Farrell as a fisherman. It also saw him star opposite Keira Knightley in the crime / romance London Boulevard. The film was directed by William Monahan, screenplay writer of The Departed and Body of Lies.
Farrell starred in the 2011 comedy movie Horrible Bosses, with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis, directed by Seth Gordon. The film focuses on a trio of employees who plot to murder their titular tyrannical supervisors. Later that year, Farrell played the main antagonist role in the Fright Night remake. Farrell joined Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, and Toni Collette in this story about a charismatic vampire who moves in next to a high school student. The film was released by Dreamworks, with Craig Gillespie having directed.
Farrell is involved in a film adaptation of Flann O'Brien's metafictional novel At Swim-Two-Birds alongside Cillian Murphy and Gabriel Byrne. Friend actor Brendan Gleeson will direct the film, which was scheduled for release in 2010. In October 2009, Gleeson expressed fear that, should the Irish Film Board be abolished as planned by the Irish State, the production may fall through, but in 2011 confirmed that he had secured funding.
Additionally, Farrell is set to star in Columbia Pictures' Total Recall (a remake of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) with Kate Beckinsale. Filmed from May to September 2011 in Toronto, Canada, it is directed by Len Wiseman, of the Underworld series, the film is a new take on the sci-fi picture about a sleeper agent who is compelled to travel to a colony on Mars. Kurt Wimmer (Salt) wrote the script, which like the original, is based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," but is said to hew more closely to it.
Colin and British writer Emma Forrest dated for over a year, an experience she discusses in depth in her memoir Your Voice In My Head. According to Forrest, they had planned to have a child together, before he ended the relationship.
Colin and US model Kim Bordenave became parents of James Padraig Farrell, born in 2003, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. In October 2007, Farrell revealed that his son has Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by intellectual and developmental delay.
Farrell and Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curus have a son, Henry Tadeusz Farrell, born in October 2009 One year after the birth of their son, Alicja Bachleda Curus and Colin Farrell decided to end their relationship. [dead link]
Farrell had reportedly grown very close to Elizabeth Taylor shortly before her death (he had reportedly pursued her) and was one of the few non-family members to attend her private funeral. He recited the poem "The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo" by Gerard Manley Hopkins at her funeral, requested by Taylor herself. Farrell said, "It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks."
In December 2005, Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment center for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers. His publicist commented that Farrell had started taking painkillers due to a back injury.
In July 2006, Farrell filed a lawsuit suing his former girlfriend, Playboy model Nicole Narain, and the Internet Commerce Group (ICG) over the unauthorised public distribution of a 14-minute sex tape that Farrell made with Narain in 2003. It was leaked to ICG who tried to release it publicly. A Los Angeles judge issued an injunction barring the sale, distribution, or display of the tape.
Narain claimed that she did not give the tape to anyone and was not sure if or how copies were taken from her. She originally said that she would work with Farrell to ensure that it remained private, but Farrell said that Narain was trying to release it in order to damage his acting career and "make money out of it", which Narain denies.[dead link]
A trial date for the Narain lawsuit was set for 17 July 2006, but the judge allowed Farrell and Nicole to mediate until 20 April. On 16 April, the two reached a settlement with confidential terms. However, Farrell's lawsuit against ICG continued with a trial date set for 21 July 2006.
Farrell has a stalking restraining order against telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford.. Bradford had twice attempted to sue Farrell, alleging abusive messages, but the lawsuits were dismissed due to a lack of evidence provided by Bradford. Bradford also failed a lie detector test on an i TV program while attempting to support her claims and stories.
On 20 July 2006, as Farrell was being interviewed by Jay Leno on the set of The Tonight Show, Bradford evaded security, walked on stage as cameras were rolling, confronted Farrell, and threw her book on Leno's desk. Farrell escorted her off the stage himself, telling the camera crew to stop filming, and handed her over to security. As Bradford was led out of the studio, she shouted "I'll see you in court." Farrell's response was, "Darling, you're insane!" NBC security handed her to Burbank police, who eventually released her. After Farrell apologised to the audience, describing Bradford as "my first stalker", the show continued filming and the incident was edited out of the aired broadcast. The following day, Farrell obtained a restraining order against Bradford.
Bradford has recorded a song entitled "Colin Farrell is My Bitch" and has self-published a book called Colin Farrell: A Dark Twisted Puppy.
|1996||The Disappearance of Finbar||Extra||Uncredited|
|1999||The War Zone||Nick||credited as Colin J. Farrell|
|2000||Ordinary Decent Criminal||Alec|
|Tigerland||Pvt. Roland Bozz||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Award for Newcomer of the Year
|2001||American Outlaws||Jesse James|
|2002||Hart's War||Lt. Thomas W. Hart|
|Minority Report||Danny Witwer||Nominated: Empire Award for Best Actor|
|Phone Booth||Stu Shepard||Theatrical release was delayed due to the Beltway sniper attacks in October 2002.|
|2003||The Recruit||James Douglas Clayton|
|Veronica Guerin||Tattooed Boy||Cameo
Based on true story of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin
|S.W.A.T.||Jim Street||Based on the 1970s television series S.W.A.T.
Nominated: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor
|Intermission||Lehiff||Nominated: European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor
Nominated: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2004||A Home at the End of the World||Bobby Morrow (1982)||Based on the 1990 novel A Home at the End of the World by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham.
Nominated: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor
|Alexander||Alexander the Great||Directed by Oliver Stone|
|2005||The New World||Captain John Smith||Directed by Terrence Malick|
|2006||Ask the Dust||Arturo Bandini||Based on the 1939 novel of the same name by John Fante.|
|Miami Vice||Det. James "Sonny" Crockett||Based on the 1980s television series Miami Vice.
Nominated: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor
|2007||Cassandra's Dream||Terry||Directed by Woody Allen.|
|2008||In Bruges||Ray||Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008.
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated: British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor
|Kicking It||Narrator (Himself)||Documentary|
|Pride and Glory||Jimmy Egan|
|2009||Ondine||Syracuse||Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
|Triage||Mark Walsh||(Released on DVD in Europe as Shell Shock.) Based on the novel Triage by American veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson.
Directed by Danis Tanović.
|Crazy Heart||Tommy Sweet|
|The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Tony (3rd Transformation)||Cast alongside Johnny Depp and Jude Law after the death of Heath Ledger to play different portrayals of Tony, Ledger's character.|
|2010||The Way Back||Valka||Directed by Peter Weir|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Bobby Pellitt||Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|Fright Night||Jerry Dandridge|
|2012||Total Recall||Doug Quaid / Doug Hauser||In post-production|
|Seven Psychopaths||Marty||In post-production|
|2013||Dead Man Down||Victor||In production|
|1998||Falling for a Dancer||Daniel McCarthey||Adaptation of the Deirdre Purcell novel|
|2005||Scrubs||Billy Callaghan||Season 4, episode 14: "My Lucky Charm"|
|Saturday Night Live||Himself||Host|
|2000||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Won||Best Actor||Tigerland|
|2002||Shanghai International Film Festival||Won||Best Actor||Hart's War|
|2003||Irish Film and Television Awards||Won||Best Actor in a Film (Public vote)||
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||Won||British Newcomer of the Year||Tigerland|
|Teen Choice Awards||Won||Choice Movie Villain||Daredevil|
|2004||MTV Movie Awards, Mexico||Won||Best Actor in a Movie||S.W.A.T.|
|2009||Golden Globe Award||Won||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical||In Bruges|
|2010||Irish Film and Television Awards||Won||Best Actor in a Film||Ondine|
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