HEARTTHROB Colin Farrell has spoken about how his spiral towards drink and drugs had already been set in motion long before he made it big in Hollywood.
Actor Farrell (37) revealed he had already been in trouble before becoming famous, and as a 19-year-old had ended up seeing a counsellor as he was feeling “sad”.
Yet, it was only after his drinking got out of control around eight-years ago as he filmed Miami Vice that his family managed to convince him to check into rehab.
“Miami Vice wrapped ... and I was put on a plane and sent to rehab,” said the ‘Total Recall’ star on the Late Late Show.
“I’d gotten out of control - for years I could indulge in certain things, I had quite a high tolerance for various drugs for years, I thought. It accumulated to the point where I couldn’t put my foot on the brake any more.”
However, the difficulties with drink and drugs had arisen long before his acting career blossomed, as he described drinking a bottle of spirits and “whatever powder” he could get at home long after his friends had gone to sleep.
“I ended up on the couch having a chat with a fellow and paying him to listen to me,” added Farrell. “I was sad, I was drinking loads.”
After moving to the US, Farrell told how he had easy access to drugs and drink but it was “already something that was in me”.
At the end of ‘Miami Vice’, he was in agreement with his family as he felt his body was “dying”. He told how he had a choice between delving even further into drug abuse or going clean, and his then three-year-old son James inspired him to go to rehab.
He revealed he turned down €5m to “sign off” on the release of a 14-minute sex tape with Playboy model Nicole Narain. Farrell joked that it would have been in hotel rooms on demand, and his mother Rita might have spotted it.
Farrell, who can now be seen in cinemas starring in ‘Saving Mr Banks’ based on the story of the author behind the famous nanny tale of Mary Poppins, was coy when it came to speculation that he might star in the movie adaptation of the saucy Fifty Shades of Grey books.
The now yoga-loving said there were some scripts that you respond to, others you ignore, but the “energy around” the film was obvious.