Sunday 23 July 2017

Highs and lows: Colin is clawing his way back

Colin Farrell in Alexander
Colin Farrell in Alexander
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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As the new century dawned, Colin Farrell, who began his acting career with a stint on Ballykissangel, suddenly became a hot property. He went from just another struggling actor in Tinseltown to a big star, swiftly graduating to blockbusters such as Tigerland, Phone Booth, S.W.A.T, The Recruit, and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.

In terms of critical receptions, his biggest successes have undoubtedly come through his collaborations with Martin McDonagh in the black comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. He won a Golden Globe for his role in In Bruges, alongside Brendan Gleeson. Curiously his biggest box-office hit was Horrible Bosses, in which he played a supporting role, wearing a fat suit and bald wig for his performance.

His career took a wrong turn with box-office missteps such as Alexander, which generated many parodies of his Dublin-accented Greek hero, and Miami Vice, Michael Mann's film based on the famous 1980s cop show.

In recent years his films have tended to receive poor reviews, with A New York's Winter Tale, Fright Night and Total Recall all suffering a mauling from the critics. He has also appeared in a string of moderately budgeted films, none of which could be described as major box-office hits. Some have speculated that he tends to perform better in supporting roles, or on TV (he's been impressive in HBO's True Detective) than as a leading man in Hollywood.

The Lobster, the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed dystopian satire, may go some way toward changing that perception. The movie, which was partially filmed in Kerry and co-stars Rachel Weisz, was selected to compete for the Palm D'Or and won the jury prize at Cannes.

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