- 29 Aug 11
Fresh from the set of Horrible Bosses, Colin Farrell’s role as a predatory vampire in the comedy horror Fright Night marks another wildly fun part. Here, he talks about getting older, fatherhood being easier the second time round – and why he’ll always return home to work with Irish filmmakers.
With a hectic schedule of press lined up for both Horrible Bosses and Fright Night, the only time Colin Farrell can give me a phone interview is on a Saturday afternoon. Not only does he not do what so many men have done and leave me sadly waiting by the phone by all day, but he immediately cements his reputation as a gracious smooth-talker.
“You saw the film this morning? As in you got out of bed at an ungodly hour on a Saturday just to see Fright Night? Jesus, I bet you were hanging an’ all – you were Roe, weren’t you? I bet you were out partying all night. And you’re not angry with me. What more could I ask for Roe, that’s the best compliment I could get!”
Farrell’s determined to keep coming home to work with Irish directors, and is thrilled that Brendan Gleeson’s adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds has finally received funding. “Ah Brendan’s just an amazing man, an amazing mind and I’m sure he’ll murder that film. And after Total Recall I’m working with Martin McDonagh on Seven Psychopaths. I love working with Irish people. I need it – it’s so good for my soul.”