COLIN Farrell has revealed how he delights in the small milestones achieved by his nine-year-old disabled son – and said he "almost broke in half" when his son took his first steps.
The 36-year-old 'Total Recall' star's eldest child James (9) suffers from Angelman Syndrome – a rare neurogenetic disorder with symptoms including intellectual and developmental disability, seizures, jerky movements and sleep disturbances.
For the first years of James' life, he and the child's mother, US model Kim Bordenave, coped in private.
But after witnessing the Special Olympics, Farrell said he was inspired to speak publicly about their son's condition.
"It was at the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that I decided, after consulting with James's mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son," Farrell tells America's 'InStyle' magazine.
"He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimise the trials that so many families go through; the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain.
"We share in the smallest victories; the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at 19, and getting the seizures under control. When James took his first steps at age four, I nearly broke in half!"
The actor – who also has son Henry (3) with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus – reaffirmed that his wild party days are behind him as becoming a father gave him a new perspective on life.
"What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life."