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Colin Farrell admits he was arrested for attempted murder in Australia during his teens: 'It was terrifying' Newsdesk and agencies

Published 19/06/2015 | 11:21

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Swashbuckling: Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn on air with Jimmy Fallon
Coin Farrell in True Detective Season 2

Irish actor Colin Farrell has admitted that he was arrested in Australia for attempted murder when he was visiting Sydney in his late teens.

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The True Detective star revealed that he was terrified after he was taken into custody for beating up a man and setting fire to his apartment in the Australian city.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Colin admitted that the police had arrested him in a case of mistaken identity but the likeliness between him and the suspect made him question his actions as he could not remember the previous evening.

“It was a long time ago and I was drunk. I saw a photo-fit of the guy that actually did the crime and it looked remarkably like me and for a second I - because I had had a blackout that night - I wondered, could I have done such a thing?

"They showed me a photo-fit, a pencil sketch of the guy that had attempted to murder, this other gentleman - had beat him up and left him in his own apartment, set the apartment on fire and split, thereby leaving him to burn to death - and it was me. They had bushy eyebrows, a mole on his face, spoke even in 2D with an Irish accent."

The actor revealed that he admitted his fears to Australian police regarding his doppelganger.

“I went, 'I think I'm in trouble,'" he recalled.

"It was terrifying, I was there for about six hours and then thankfully a friend of mine had kept a journal of that particular night and that particular time we were at a party the other side of town doing ecstasy..."

Colin appeared with his True Detective co-star Vince Vaughn on The Tonight Show.

The pair are the leading lights in the second series of the hit show that will air in the US on Sunday night and Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm.

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