Colin Farrell Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

9th January 2017

Quote: "I wasn't the first choice. Another actor was supposed to do it. A fantastic actor, Jason Clarke I think, and I think scheduling didn't work out for him." Colin Farrell admits he wasn't director Yorgos Lanthimos' initial choice for hit 2015 movie The Lobster.

16th November 2016

Quote: "They did give me a wand and said, 'Here's a wand... take it home and work in your hotel room with the wand.' So I went home, and just used it to hit the remote control, that was all I did (to train)!" Actor Colin Farrell is baffled by reports suggesting he received "wand training" to prepare for his role as a powerful wizard in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

13th October 2015

Quote: "I'm pleased camera phones didn't exist. I would've been caught in all kinds of compromising situations. I was completely f**king feckless." Irish actor Colin Farrell is relieved there were no smart phones around during the height of his drug-taking and womanising, which ended in a rehab stint in 2005.

5th August 2015

Quote: "I used to smoke 40 a day, so things could be much worse." Colin Farrell is smoking cigarettes again after quitting several years ago - but he's got his habit down to two to six a day.

5th August 2015

Quote: "I don't know how Justin Bieber has actually behaved as well as he has. You can get away with anything." Reformed hellraiser Colin Farrell has empathy for pop star Bieber after struggling with his own early battles with fame and fortune, which included a sex tape romp and a stint in rehab.

29th July 2015

Quote: "When I used to go, 'I don't care about any of it (fame),' I really cared then. I just didn't know how to acknowledge it or express my caring. I didn't understand it. Now, I still care, but I care less really. And it's freed me up. That's the irony, it's freed me up." Irish actor Colin Farrell admits he has learned to take his career success in his stride.

24th July 2015

Quote: "They got married in my back garden about two years ago now. They're going strong... It was the fast track - six months after they met, they were up the altar, otherwise known as by the flower pot in my back garden, and making the most beautiful declarations of love, which was really, really cool, because my mum and dad wasn't so (in love) (sic). It was kind of like War of the Roses (1989 black comedy), without the humour!" Irish actor Colin Farrell is thrilled his mother, Rita, has finally found lasting happiness with her new partner.

24th June 2015

Quote: "I'm not gonna say I've taken a vow of chastity, or gone without or have abstained, any of those things, for four or five years, but I just haven't had a relationship in a long time." Irish actor Colin Farrell clarifies comments he recently made about his lack of a love life. The Phonebooth star revealed in April (15) that he hasn't dated anyone since 2011.

19th June 2015

Quote: "I don't watch much TV apart from Celebrity Apprentice... and The Biggest Loser; those are the only kind of guilty pleasures. I have so much catching up to do with things like Game of Thrones... I just haven't gotten round to it. But I have a friend who said, 'You should watch this thing called True Detective' last year and I was flying back to London on a plane (from Los Angeles) and the first three episodes were on it (in-flight entertainment system) and I could not believe what I was seeing. As soon as I got back to Los Angeles I streamed the last five episodes and it was extraordinary." Irish actor Colin Farrell has a friend to thank for turning him on to the first season of crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE. He portrays a Los Angeles police detective in season two of the drama, which debuts in America on Sunday night (21Jun15).

28th January 2015

Quote: "I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well hung would, or should, or could be. I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate humility, that he doesn't wear it like a badge of honour." Colin Farrell reveals pal and Cassandra's Dream co-star Ewan MCGregor is extremely well hung.

5th March 2014

Quote: "I'm glad to say I have a bit of goodwill in Hollywood; it might seem a contradiction but it actually exists... I know that people rooted for me during those wild years, and that was lovely to discover after the fact." Irish actor Colin Farrell is grateful for his second chance in Hollywood after overcoming years of drug and alcohol abuse.

28th February 2014

Quote: "I had less anxiety waiting for the results of a home pregnancy test. And that's the truth, that's not just a cheap joke. That's the truth." Irish actor Colin Farrell was a nervous mess when he met the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor for the first time. The pair became unlikely friends in 2009, two years before her death.

19th February 2014

Quote: "I had to pinch myself during my scenes with Colin and Russell Crowe. I said, 'This can't be really happening!' Acting is like a game of tennis: If you're working with someone brilliant, you have to up the stakes, and I love that challenge." Former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay was starstruck working with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe in new movie Winter's Tale.

13th February 2014

Quote: "For me, I don’t know if it’s possible. I’m not saying it’s not possible. I have been monogamous in relationships. But I’m not in a relationship now. So they haven’t worked." Movie star Colin Farrell isn't convinced he's a committed relationship kind of guy.

13th February 2014

Quote: "The whole thing was horrifying. I was deposed for four hours explaining why I didn't want it to be released. God forbid, it's an on-demand movie in a hotel room and my mother says, 'Oh, I haven't seen this work of my son's', and hits purchase." Actor Colin Farrell recalls the hell surrounding the release of his 2006 sex tape, which he sued to halt. The intimate footage featured the Irish star making love to Playboy model Nicole Narain.

24th December 2013

Quote: "As a kid, we'd leave a bottle of Guinness (for Santa), which is really grossly irresponsible because he's flying that sleigh." Irish actor Colin Farrell pokes fun at his childhood Christmas traditions.

29th November 2013

Quote: "It was great fun. Eating is the reason to do it. I put on 15 pounds in two weeks driving coast to coast. It's not stuff you would find in the Egon Ronay guide and we used the places in the Tv show Drive-ins, Diners and Dives as our Gps. It was amazing!" Irish actor Colin Farrell ate his way across America during a road trip earlier this year (13).

22nd August 2013

Fact: Movie star Colin Farrell's uncle has landed a leading role in a new Cats musical. Paul Monaghan has been cast as Bustopher Jones in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre production, which opened on Wednesday night (21Aug13) in Dublin, Ireland and runs until 7 September (13).

6th March 2013

Quote: "Imagine my three year old watching Alexander and how upset he'd be watching his dad with that Doris Day haircut... He'd either wonder if I was sick then and am I better or am I sick now?" Colin Farrell tries to keep his two sons away from his films because of his bad hair.

12th October 2012

Quote: "I literally said, 'I'm not changing! I'm gonna be his friend!' Like a 28-year-old drug-addicted drunk friend is exactly what my six-week-old son needs." Irish actor Colin Farrell vowed not to tone down his wild ways following the birth of his first child in 2003.

4th August 2012

Quote: "I don't like to go to my movies because I hate to see myself on screen, but there is so much more going on in this film that when I saw a rough cut I forgot it was me." Actor Colin Farrell feels uneasy attending his film's premieres as he hates watching himself on screen.

2nd April 2012

Quote: "It started about a year ago. I got a mat... I feel fit-ish... I love it, it's such fun... We don't really seem to recognise how magic it kind of is to be able to move and occupy space and stretch." Irish actor Colin Farrell on his new-found love for yoga.

16th November 2011

Quote: "I cried and I just loved it. I was taken away completely to another world. It inspired in me all sorts of thoughts, emotions, and it has stayed with me very much. E.T. really did it for me." Colin Farrell had an emotional reaction to 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-terrestrial.

5th September 2011

Quote: "It's always strange to kiss someone when you know they're getting paid to kiss you back. That's the most simple, mathematical way to put it. But it's part of the gig and at the same time kissing is lovely. So any time I get to kiss, that's great." Colin Farrell enjoys filming love scenes.

2nd September 2011

Quote: "I was totally creeped out when I first saw myself like that but it was also very liberating." Colin Farrell enjoyed his odd role as a bad employer in Horrible Bosses.

2nd September 2011

Quote: "It's important for me to have a life outside of film. I did the whole living-in-hotels thing for seven years and that was a very specific chapter of my life. Now I aim for more balance." Colin Farrell is taking a step back from Hollywood.

29th July 2011

Quote: "A day off is about sleeping late, pottering around the house, having some dinner and hanging out with the boys. We just hang out or swim." Reformed party animal Colin Farrell insists he now prefers the quiet life with his two sons.

16th May 2011

Quote: "It was a film that I loved growing up... It was one that I'd seen maybe 15 or 20 times and when I heard they were making it, I was kinda like, 'Oh Hollywood, what a bunch of unoriginal idiots; they're gonna destroy one of my favourite films.' And then I read the script and I was like, 'No, I like it!'" Colin Farrell on starring in the remake of horror film Fright Night.

15th May 2011

Fact: Actor Colin Farrell had an early birthday treat when he taped an appearance on pal Ellen DeGeneres' chat show last week (beg09May11) - she presented him with a cake. The star turns 35 on 31 May (11).

13th May 2011

Quote: "I was never much for dating." Colin Farrell insists he's not a fan of courting.

29th April 2011

Quote: "As a real homage, I'm going to do an Austrian accent." Irishman Colin Farrell jokes about paying tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming Total Recall remake.

31st March 2011

Fact: The Gerard Manley Hopkins poem Colin Farrell read at Elizabeth Taylor's funeral last week (24Mar11) was her late husband Richard Burton's favourite. The Welsh actor recited the poem in his 1978 film Absolution.

5th June 2010

Quote: "He's really well-behaved... He goes to bed at nine at night and (gets up) at 6.30... It's unbelievable to the point I was nearly gonna take him to the doctor to see if he was OK... and the doctor said he had an acute case of being really generous and cool." Colin Farrell on his baby boy HENRY's sleep patterns.

5th June 2010

Quote: "The most foolish thing I did was put soap up my nose - because I liked the smell of it so much. I had to go to hospital... because it got right up there... It was before I knew coke (cocaine) was invented." Colin Farrell on one of the craziest things he did as a kid growing up in Ireland.

4th June 2010

Quote: "The only time now I get to really get emotionally involved (in sport) is when Ireland... are playing... We didn't get into the World Cup because Thierry Henry handled the ball." Colin Farrell is still upset his national team won't be part of the World Cup.

31st May 2010

Quote: "She's manic about making sure everything's clean. It drives me mad. As a teenager, she would find my porn mags I'd hidden around my bedroom. I'd come home to find them arranged in chronological order: April, May, June and so on." Irish actor Colin Farrell, who turns 34 on Monday (31May10), has flown his mum Rita to Los Angeles to help celebrate his birthday.

31st May 2010

Quote: One of the best things about living there is it's an amazing launching point for a load of good drives. I'm going to drive to Vegas in a couple weeks. Big Sur, Death Valley, the desert... Oh man, it's magic." Actor Colin Farrell loves to embark on long drives during his down time in Hollywood.

30th May 2010

Quote: "It was the best thing I've been offered this year. I did a scene with Elmo and a couple of the other characters. The word of the day was 'investigation'. We did a scene with a couple of talking carrots and s**t. It was genius!" Irish actor Colin Farrell had a blast filming a guest appearance on longrunning children's TV show Sesame Street in March (10).

27th May 2010

Quote: "That's my annual Ellen snog. Now I have to wait another 12 months... I was looking for a bit of tongue this time." Colin Farrell on kissing openly gay talk show host Ellen Degeneres during an appearance on her show on Wednesday (26May10).

30th April 2010

Quote: "It's probably not suitable, but I find myself singing FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK to him quite often." Colin Farrell loves singing Irish band The Pogues' classic to his six-month-old son Henry.

11th April 2010

Quote: "I just didn't want it on demand in a hotel room. It was a bit of a nightmare, and an expensive 14 minutes, but, at the end of the day, it was something to be laughed at." Colin Farrell on the battle to keep a sex tape, featuring a romp with himself and Playboy model Nicole Narain, off the market.

10th April 2010

Quote: "I just went in the back door and was home on the couch in my pyjamas by the time they called Best Picture." Reformed wildman Colin Farrell snubbed the post-Oscars parties to chill out at home after paying tribute to Best Actor nominee and pal Jeremy Renner onstage at the Academy Awards.

9th April 2010

Quote: "There are some questions that are just too big for me, and one of them is, why me? I was a kid from Dublin. What the f**k am I doing in Hollywood?" Irish actor Colin Farrell still struggles with fame.

9th April 2010

Fact: Irish movie star Colin Farrell spent St. Patrick's Day (17Mar10) filming an episode of Sesame Street with Elmo.

8th March 2010

Fact: Vera Farmiga, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Michelle Pfeiffer and Colin Farrell paid tribute to each of the Best Actor nominees prior to Jeff Bridges' big win at the Oscars on Sunday (07Mar10). Each star recalled anecdotes of working with those actors nominated.

25th February 2010

Quote: "If I was BONO I'd be driving around Dublin in a chariot with a laurel leaf crown." Colin Farrell would love to be a rocker like the U2 star.

26th October 2009

Fact: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Paris Hilton and Cindy Crawford were among the celebrities who joined 96,000 fans for U2's record-breaking concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday night (25Oct09).

25th January 2009

Fact: Keira Knightley is to play a reclusive actress opposite Colin Farrell in a new crime drama, called LONDON BOULEVARD. Farrell will play a criminal posing as a handyman in the film.

13th January 2009

Quote: "I was Mary Poppins compared to MICKEY (ROURKE)." Colin Farrell admits Rourke's infamous past drug problems were nothing compared to his former issues.

12th January 2009

Quote: "I have a cold. It's not the other thing it used to be." Former drug user Colin Farrell explains his sniffly nose while presenting the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe award on Sunday night (11Jan09).

12th January 2009

Quote: "Wow. They must have done the counting in Florida. It's such a shock." A stunned Colin Farrell collects a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance in movie IN BRUGES.

12th January 2009

Quote: "I have a cold. It's not the other thing it used to be." Former drug user Colin Farrell explains his sniffly nose while presenting the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe award on Sunday night (11Jan09)

12th January 2009

Quote: "Wow. They must have done the counting in Florida. It's such a shock." A stunned Colin Farrell collects a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance in movie IN BRUGES.

11th November 2008

Quote: "They said I was doing it properly with a nutritionist. That was a load of tosh (rubbish) - I just starved for a while." Irish actor Colin Farrell on his diet for new movie TRIAGE.

19th May 2008

Fact: Irish actor Colin Farrell is set to team up with Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in director Neil Jordan's quirky new drama ONDINE. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Ireland later this year (08).

20th March 2008

Quote: "Being with my boy, there's nothing like it. It's the best time in the world. I'm completely in love with him." Nothing gives Colin Farrell greater pleasure than time spent with JIMMY, his four-year-old son with model KIM BORDENAVE.

3rd March 2008

Quote: "I love British men. I had a crush on Hugh Grant for ages, then I had a Colin Farrell thing that turned into a Daniel Craig phase after I saw him in Casino Royale. Actually, I'd love to be a Bond girl." Lost actress YUNKIN KIM loves her British movie hunks.

26th February 2008

Quote: "I look around and I see people who move perfectly, who walk with grace, who speak with great diction and clarity and a great use of the English language and we're all miserable f**kers... And then I see this fella who doesn't move the way what's perceived to be 'normal' is, and he's as happy as can be." Actor Colin Farrell praises his four-year-old son James for coping with Angelman Syndrome, a form of cerebral palsy.

25th February 2008

Quote: "She wouldn't drive anywhere... It's cars with blacked-out windows everywhere for her. She thinks she's very recognisable." Colin Farrell on his mother's Los Angeles transport plans.

8th February 2008

Quote: "I was there (in Bruges, Belgium) for two days and started to get bored and basically wanted to get drunk and leave. And that kind of became the Colin Farrell character in my head. And the other part of me was saying, 'Stay, the churches are a good view.' My reaction to Bruges was incredibly negative. It was like an eight-week rash." Irish actor COLIN FARRELL on filming forthcoming movie IN BRGUES in the Belgian capital.

30th January 2008

Quote: "Laziness. That's why I haven't plucked my eyebrows, cut my hair, shaved in a week." Colin Farrell explains his scruffy appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week (ends25Jan08).

4th December 2007

Fact: Colin Farrell, John Cusack, William Shatner and DANNY DeVITO were among the A-list stars who turned out to watch the return performances of Carole King and James Taylor at Los Angeles' legendary music venue The Troubadour. The singer-songwriters gave six performances over three nights (28-30Nov07) on the stage that propelled their careers in the 1970s.

14th September 2007

Quote: "The only Woody Allen film I've seen is ANTZ, I thought he was great in that." Colin Farrell is far from star stuck of director WOODY ALLEN, who he worked with on forthcoming film CASSANDRA'S DREAM, alongside Ewan McGregor.

2nd August 2006

Quote: "I nearly had an accident in my pants!" Colin Farrell insists the more frightening scenes in his new movie Miami Vice were a little too realistic.

28th July 2006

Quote: "I remember thinking what if one of them was one of the 15 people who saw Alexander? Maybe I'll be in trouble." Miami Vice star Colin Farrell had reservations about going out on a drug bust with members from the US Drug Enforcement Agency while researching his part in the new film.

28th July 2006

Quote: "Mullets are definitely not going to come back in fashion." Miami Vice star Colin Farrell is no fan of 80s style.

26th July 2006

Quote: "I was on a set doing a film called PRIDE + GLORY and they brought out two cakes on the set but it was about five minutes before I did my death scene, so it wasn't really the time." Colin Farrell on how he celebrated his 30th birthday in May (06).

25th July 2006

Quote: "My boy's obsessed with water; I just hose him. Seriously, I just strip him down naked... put him on his knees and just hose him for an hour. It's very economic of me." Colin Farrell enjoys the cheap fun he has with his son.

25th July 2006

Quote: "I just bought a car for $12,000. I'm mean, I'm tightfisted; look at how I dress - hand-me-downs." Colin Farrell on his thrifty ways.

24th July 2006

Quote: "I think Michael Mann liked looking at us. He had hours and hours of us in the shower: 'No, I didn't get it, get back in.' Then you turn around and he didn't have any clothes on. What's going on?" Jamie Foxx pokes fun at Miami Vice director MICHAEL MANN, who shot himself and co-star Colin Farrell naked in shower scenes in the new action film.

24th July 2006

Quote: "I think Michael Mann liked looking at us. He had hours and hours of us in the shower: 'No, I didn't get it, get back in.' Then you turn around and he didn't have any clothes on. What's going on?" Jamie Foxx pokes fun at Miami Vice director MICHAEL MANN, who shot himself and co-star Colin Farrell naked in shower scenes in the new action film.

24th July 2006

Fact: Irish movie hunk Colin Farrell can't swim.

23rd July 2006

Quote: "It's pretty tragic seeing an Irishman trying to salsa. You'll notice he (director Michael Mann) didn't go down to the feet too often." Colin Farrell on his dancing scenes in the new Miami Vice movie.

21st July 2006

Quote: "I've given up a lot of things in my life and kissing strangers is one of them. It would just go on and on. There's so many of them." Reformed bad boy Colin Farrell tells of turning over a new leaf.

20th July 2006

Quote: "There was all sorts of Dubliners walking around with their f**king sleeves up and wearing no socks and slip-ons (shoes). It was very tragic but it was very popular." Colin Farrell admits TV hit Miami Vice sparked a fashion trend in his native Ireland - one he wasn't keen to repeat in the gritty new film adaptation.

24th May 2006

Quote: "It wasn't my best performance, I was a little overweight." Colin Farrell is disappointed with how he looked in his internet sex tape with former lover NICOLE NARAIN.

5th May 2006

Fact: Colin Farrell and Matt Dillon have been among the curious checking out illusionist David Blaine's new aquarium stunt in New York.

23rd March 2006

Quote: "When I first met him, I was terrified. I couldn't understand a word he said - except for the bad ones." Actress Salma Hayek on her famously foul-mouthed ASK THE DUST co-star Colin Farrell.

13th March 2006

Fact: Actor Colin Farrell had to lose 25 pounds (11 kilograms) to play a skinny writer in his latest film, ASK THE DUST. He was put on a highly restrictive diet that banned alcohol.

8th March 2006

Quote: "I had stupid preconceived notions. I thought, 'Maybe he's a flake, maybe he's not going to show up on time, maybe he's not going to take this seriously.'" Salma Hayek on ASK THE DUST co-star Colin Farrell.

24th January 2006

Quote: <p>"He never has to work a day in his life! Not that I want him to be aware of that because he might end up being a real lazy b**tard! But when push comes to shove, he won't ever need to worry. Things like that are nice to be able to do for your loved ones. Actually I have very few desires from the material world." Colin Farrell on his two-and-a-half year old son James. </p>

24th January 2006

Quote: <p>"It's such a thrill to have James in my life. I love being with him, he's so damn cute - he's always laughing. I wish I could become his best friend... Now I have a reason to live. I want to share the world and see him grow." Colin Farrell gushes about his two-and-a-half year old son James. </p>

6th January 2006

Fact: <p>Q'ORIANKA KILCHER, Colin Farrell's teenage love interest in new period action movie The New World, is looking to follow cousin Jewel into the pop charts with an album of songs inspired by the film. </p>

8th December 2005

Quote: <p>"The Irish boys were so wild that OLIVER (STONE) told them to calm down. I mean, what kind of behaviour must it be to have Oliver Stone tell you to calm down?" Val Kilmer reveals Colin Farrell and his pals were warned about bad behaviour on the ALEXANDER set. </p>

6th December 2005

Quote: <p>"They got all these names like Wilma on a list. They've gone to The Flintstones now, because they've run through so many f**kin' names." Colin Farrell is baffled by the names of America's hurricanes. </p>

8th November 2005

Fact: <p>Q'ORIANKA KILCHER, Colin Farrell's teenage love interest in new film The New World, has a full scholarship at Los Angeles' Musicians Institute Of Hollywood. </p>

8th November 2005

Fact: <p>Alaskan movie newcomer Q'ORIANKA KILCHER's first screen kiss in The New World with Colin Farrell was the 15-year-old's first ever smooch. </p>

19th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Colin is not a giver. Robert's a giver." Val Kilmer insists Robert Downey Jr is a better kisser than Colin Farrell. </p>

23rd September 2005

Quote: <p>"Who the f**k is Colin Farrell?" Ozzy Osbourne reacts to reports the Irish actor may play him in a movie biopic. </p>

12th September 2005

Quote: <p>"The only other man I've ever kissed was Colin Farrell in ALEXANDER - and ROBERT's better." Val Kilmer credits his Kiss Kiss, BANG BANG co-star Robert Downey Jr with having good lips. </p>

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