Saturday 16 December 2017

Farrell: Son is my inspiration

Colin Farrell attends the 7th Annual Ackerman Institute for the Family
Colin Farrell attends the 7th Annual Ackerman Institute for the Family "Moving Families Forward Gala" on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Colin Farrell has revealed that his eldest son James is his inspiration.

The Saving Mr Banks star admitted that the ten-year-old, who suffers from the rare neuro-genetic disorder Angelman Syndrome, has continued to inspire him through everyday activities. Angelman Syndrome can impair speech, movement and balance.

"Things like walking and talking and eating and feeding himself, all those things that so many of us naturally take for granted because they come so easily, to James, they come somewhat harder," the 37-year-old told People.

"I remember the days when he couldn't watch 10 minutes of a film because he couldn't sit easy, but now he can. Everything he's achieved in his life has come through the presence and the kind of will that is hard work. He's a lot to be inspired by."

Colin, who is also father to four-year-old Henry, said he has been trying to watch more family-friendly films with his kids, following his turn in Disney drama Saving Mr Banks.

"I'm trying to introduce Disney into my diet and introduce it into [their] diet for the first time. We've gone old school - Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Lady And The Tramp."

But he admitted not everything goes down a hit: " I put on Cinderella and the two of them were like... 'No'."

Colin said his sons are adjusting to being apart from each other. James' mother is American model Kim Bordenave, while his Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curus is Henry's mother.

"They have two different mums so their crossover time isn't a lot... so they're figuring it out. They're good together. They're funny together. They're finally getting used to the idea that the other one isn't leaving anytime soon, that they're both here to stay," he said.

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