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Colin Farrell quit smoking by writing the 'Spirit of Tobacco' a break-up letter

Published 02/09/2015 | 10:09

Actor Colin Farrell, smoking, arrives at the premiere of
Actor Colin Farrell, smoking, arrives at the premiere of "Alexander" in 2004
Actor Colin Farrell smoking in 2004
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Colin Farrell covers Men's Health magazine

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Colin Farrell has revealed the novel way he quit smoking - by writing the 'Spirit of Tobacco' a break-up letter.

The 39-year-old actor, enjoying a career resurgence thanks to his critically praised role in True Detective, told the current issue of Men's Health that he stopped his nicotine habit successfully for two years after writing the letter.

“I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco. I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn’t have a cigarette for another two years," he told the magazine.

Actor Colin Farrell smoking in 2004
Actor Colin Farrell smoking in 2004

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The father-of-two, who has been single for the last five years, added that he can be lonely at times, but is in no rush to delve into a relationship and instead focus on raising his two sons James (11) and Henry (five).

"It's not that I don't get lonely sometimes, but I'm okay about it," he added.

"The most significant aspect of my life lives far away from anywhere that a camera is needed. You play the part and do interviews but don't overextend yourself or put on a mask or change your name."

Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell

"When you get home, the only thing that matters is your son is not eating his turkey sandwiches and he's not into avocado anymore, so you have to find something new that he'll eat for lunch."

Colin Farrell covers Men's Health magazine
Colin Farrell covers Men's Health magazine

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