Colin Farrell: 'I'm glad the period of incredible fame is over for me'
Colin Farrell has said he's thrilled the "period of madness" when he was a Hollywood superstar is over.
The Irish actor (40) reflected on his current status in Hollywood and said he's happy he no longer has the same level of fame as he did during the early days in his career.
In an interview for Variety's website, Farrell and British actor Hugh Grant interview each other for a segment entitled Actors on Actors and the Castleknock native gets candid about the peak of his career.
"I don't feel part of it at all - the whole fame thing and celebrity thing," he said.
"I mean, I really don't. When I started - when I was lucky enough to get my first American film - then it all went mad so fast for me and I had a period of maybe five or six years of incredible fame and recognisability and all that. It was madness.
"And that's since gone - a few films that didn't quite work at the box office! God, having films that are seen by audiences if they're good and they connect is a wonderful thing, but I'm glad that period of madness is over for me in my life."
The father-of-two said he does a handful of red carpets per year (by choice) and said he feels "very outside" the spotlight, despite still having household name recognition.
"Two or three times a year I may stamp on a red carpet and do some interviews or do this kind of thing - I've never done this before. Outside of that, social media I don't have and I feel very outside of it."
Grant echoes his statement, saying: "I'm in the same kind of boat. I'm more left alone than I was, which is absolutely delightful."
When asked by the Love Actually star how he chooses his scripts, he said he can be torn between the desire to earn money and provide for his children and also pursue passion profects.
"If you had two scripts on your desk and one was almost certain to be a big smash hit because people would be entertained by it, but the part's kind of 'eight out of ten'," Grant asks.
"Then you have one where you know no-one's going to see this outside the San Sebastian Film Festival but the part is 'ten out of ten' - which do you choose?"
"Honest to God, being a dad of two boys that I want to be able to support... And it's a bit complicated as well, which I won't get into... You should have made it more interesting by saying 'six out of ten' - the one that's going to be seen by everyone? Let's say 'six out of ten' is the part; maybe 'five out of ten'. There's a world where I'd still do that," he responded.