Colin Farrell on Ballykissangel: ‘It was one of the f*****g greatest things that ever happened to me’
Colin Farrell has admitted that his role in BBC soap opera Ballykissangel set him on the path to Hollywood fame and was one of the greatest roles he could have landed.
The In Bruges star has now landed a role in HBO drama True Detective and said it is very different from the days when he played Danny Byrne in Ballykissangel throughout 1998 and 1999.
“It was very different from the days when I worked on Ballykissangel for the BBC,” Colin told The Sun.
“HBO is a little bit different, you know what I mean? Which is not slagging Ballykissangel, it was one of the f*****g greatest things that ever happened to me.
The Dublin-bred actor piled on the pounds for his role as Ray Velcoro in True Detective and his poor diet prior to filming wasn’t something to be envied.
"People think it must be fun to eat what you want - and it is, for the first day," Farrell told Glamour UK.
"Day two, when you're already on your second cheeseburger and fries with a chocolate shake by 11 a.m., not so much."
The actor has since shed the pounds and debut his new physique at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month.
The actor credits his weight loss to green juices, bikram yoga and a healthy lifestyle.
"I drink almost my body weight in it," he told Conde Nast Traveller.
“And saunas for some healthy chill-out time,” Colin said.
“There is a Russian bathhouse that I go to in Los Angeles. It’s a nice way to kill a couple of hours because life can be hectic. To go somewhere for a while and sit in a quiet space, it’s therapeutic."
He also frequents a bikram yoga studio in Dublin city centre during his time on our shores.