Colin Farrell - Colin Farrell Feared Sobriety Would Wreck His Acting Gift

Colin Farrell feared he'd lose his ability to act when he quit drinking.
The Irish star has been sober for seven years and admits he was "cooked" for much of his Hollywood breakthrough, but he worried that booze gave him the edge he needed for demanding roles - and he'd be lost without it.
The Miami Vice star says, "I was terrified that whatever my capacity as an actor was... however little or large it was, it would completely disappear and that I wouldn't be able to... I ascribe to the notion that to be able to express yourself in an artistic form in life you have to live in perpetual pain - and it's nonsense.
"There's enough pain in the world that if you've any sensitivity to you can kind of... feel, you can experience... There's enough pain in the world that you don't have to live in it to represent it in some artistic way.
"When U2 wrote Sunday Bloody Sunday, the lads didn't live up in Belfast, but they lived on the island and they knew what was happening up there."
And Farrell admits he's having more fun sober.
He tells U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I'm really grateful. It's really lovely to be present in my life... It's actually more fun."


Contactmusic

Tags: Colin Farrell


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

Colin Farrell Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Colin Farrell

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All