Tuesday 24 January 2017

Highs and lows: Colin is clawing his way back

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Colin Farrell in Alexander
Colin Farrell in Alexander

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.

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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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