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I almost quit over epic movie flop, says Colin

COLIN Farrell almost quit acting after critics savaged his performance in Oliver Stone film Alexander.

The Total Recall star said the backlash and bad reviews he received at the time led to him thinking about his career in Tinseltown – and how fickle life in Hollywood can be.

Asked about the most defining moment of his career to date, Colin told the Herald: "The defining moment ... Maybe the reviews that Alexander got, maybe how trashed that film got because it made me go 'wow what the f***, what's it all about, do I want to do it'. I seriously thought about walking away from it all."

The film also starred Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie as Alexander's parents in the 2004 swords-and-sandals epic which raked in $35m at the box office –a poor return for a movie with a $150m budget.


Next up was a big-budget remake of Miami Vice alongside Oscar winner Jamie Foxx – but again this failed to set the box office alight.

The Castleknock man's subsequent films were smaller affairs: Cassandra's Dream, Pride And Glory, Ondine.

And the 36-year-old father-of-two received critical acclaim for his role in film In Bruges, and also for Crazy Heart.

More recent roles in Horrible Bosses, Seven Psychos and Total Recall shows him back on top form.

Last night, Colin was guest of honour at the eighth annual Oscar Wilde event – which honours the Irish in film – in Santa Monica.

Director Steven Spielberg also showed up to the Irish pre-Oscars party, describing it as one of the best parties in town.