Colin Farrell says 'caring less' about box office hits has 'freed' him to be a better actor
Colin Farrell feels freer the less he cares about his film career.
The Irish actor first found fame on BBC TV drama Ballykissangel before moving on to movies including Phone Booth and In Bruges. But despite his success, Colin has found that by caring less about his box office drawing power, he performs better as an actor.
“When I used to go, ‘I don’t care about any of it.’ I really cared then. I just didn’t know how to acknowledge it or express my caring,” he told The Tavis Smiley Show. “I didn’t understand it. Now, I still care, but I care less really. And it’s freed me up. That’s the irony, it’s freed me up.”
The 39-year-old has had many ups and downs in his career. After starring roles in S.W.A.T and Minority Report, two of his more hyped movies, Alexander and Miami Vice, were panned by critics and given a lukewarm reception by audiences. The experience has given Colin a chance to put his work in perspective.
“Well, I was about as close to an overnight success in regards to the commercial stuff that came early on … it all happened really, really fast,” he said. “So I can’t believe in the lie that’s being presented to me anymore: that I’m a movie star and that everything is great. I have this No. 1 movie, that one. Everyone is telling me now that that’s gone. So it was kind of like, ugh … all of it’s a delusion. Telling me it’s gone is a delusion. Ever believing that it was there in the first place is a delusion.”
But after working on movies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Colin doesn’t worry as much about what is expected of him and just hopes his work finds a good audience.