Michael O'Doherty: Colin Farrell hasn't picked the best roles...but that's nothing to do with his kids
After reports that Colin Farrell turned down a multi-million dollar role to spend time with his family, Michael O'Doherty offers his two cents on the matter.
Wikileaks has a habit of releasing streams of confidential emails. Many of those who sent them would, of course, rather they hadn't been made public. So how refreshing it seems that the latest correspondence to be revealed, that which took place amongst Sony Pictures management, rather than being embarrassing, instead portrays someone in an evangelical light.
So step forward, Saint Colin of Farrell, the man who turned down a multi-million dollar film role because he wanted to spend more time with his kids.
Farrell, apparently, was lined up to play a leading role in the comedy Grimsby, opposite Sacha Baron Cohen, which would have involved a fee of over $2m. His management, however, emailed Sony to say that he didn't want the role, as "he would have had no time at all with his kids and they are the most important thing in the world to him".
Farrell had also just come off a two-month shoot on The Lobster, it's been reported, so he was probably in need of a break anyway.
But the irony in all this is that Colin Farrell has hardly been quiet in terms of work in the past few years. The only reason he may have seemed to be is because he hasn't appeared in anything worth watching for quite some time.
Just like every other actor on the planet, Colin makes choices as to when to work, and what movies to turn down.
Unfortunately, unlike many others, Colin's choices in recent years haven't been the best.