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WATCH: Colin Farrell leaves Donald Sutherland red-faced with hilarious anecdote about when they first met

Colin Farrell speaking as part of the award presentation to Honorary Award recipient Donald Sutherland at the 2017 Governors Awards in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Colin Farrell speaking as part of the award presentation to Honorary Award recipient Donald Sutherland at the 2017 Governors Awards in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Colin Farrell told an hilarious anecdote about the first time he met Donald Sutherland and the legendary star's reaction was priceless.

An award ceremony in honour of the 82 year old actor was held over the weekend during which he was presented with an 'Honorary Award' from the Academy.

With a glint in his eye Farrell opened by asking "Where is Donald Sutherland?  If anyone close to him can scream because Donald should have more dignity" and he made sure all eyes were upon the star, who he joked was his "bestie".

They worked together on the 2006 film Ask the Dust and Farrell recounted the tale of their first meeting.

"The first time I met Donald was many moons ago and we were in Capetown in South Africa," he said.

"We were shooting a film, or we were rehearsing or about to start rehearsing.  I was in a car park at a makeshift production office and I looked over and saw the man and, like can happen sometimes when we're familiar with people's work over the years, I had a feeling that I knew him but yet I was intimidated as a result of that feeling.

"And as warm as Donald can be, he can be intimidating at times.  He has that lion-like visage and he's got a very elegant but giant stature and I said I'm going to go over and say hello to this man and pay my respects.

"I knew I was going to be working with him so I walked over and tapped him on the elbow and he turned around and said five words to me which I've never forgotten to this day and I've carried them around with me for whatever it was, 15 years.  And he said, 'Put out that f***ing cigarette'.

Donald Sutherland's reaction to Colin Farrell's anecdote
Donald Sutherland's reaction to Colin Farrell's anecdote

"Donald, you complete me."

Sutherland put his head in his hands and was either mortified or amused, or perhaps a bit of both.  Check out the full video above.

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