What the Hell Happened to Colin Farrell?

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell was one of the biggest up and coming leading men in Hollywood 10 years ago, he’s worked with Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, and Steven Spielberg but now seems to be struggling to stay relevant, despite the most unforgettable eyebrows in Hollywood.

What the hell happened?

Colin Farrell was born Born on May 31, 1976, Farrell studied acting at the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin. In the mid to late 90’s he had a string of (mostly uncredited) appearances in small things like Frankie Starlight, Disappearance of Finbar, Drinking Crude, and War Zone, as well as some British shows like Love in the 21st Century and Ballykissangel, which was his big break, scoring a recurring role.

Farrell - Ballykissangel

Farrell’s real break came when performing in a play In a Little World of Our Own when Kevin Spacey was in the audience and enjoyed his performance.


Farrell - Ordinary Decent Criminal

Spacey suggested Farrell for a role, which sat him next to Kevin Spacey and Linda Florentino in a classic gangster movie set in modern-day Ireland, with Spacey playing the flamboyant lead. The film got poor reviews, especially the performances of the leads, and their botched Irish accents. The film never found an audience stateside.


Farrell - Tigerland

Colin Farrell got his first Hollywood leading role in no time, being cast in Joel Schumacher’s low-budget Tigerland (in his WTHH career of post Batman grittiness).

Tigerland tells the story of a group of young men who have been drafted for Vietnam, in their last stop of training before being shipped out. Farrell is the edgy draftee, who causes trouble but is the soul of the unit. He helps get people discharged for behavior, but the generals won’t do him such a favor. A rivalry between him and another recruit culminates in violence as the tension escalates. This is actually a surprisingly good movie, as much as I hate to admit Schumacher is capable of making decent stuff. Farrell carries the picture well, affecting a strong Texas accent. It received positive reviews, especially his performance, although it never found an audience in theaters.


Farrell - American Outlaws

Farrell next played the lead in American Outlaws, as Jesse James. Very much in the vein of a Young Guns, a western with a fair share of light-heartedness and good-looking young actors like James Caan and Ali Larter. Les Mayfield was known for directing family friendly comedies, how he got this job I’ll never know. Critics hated the film and it bombed in the box office. Roger Ebert summed it up thusly:

 It only wants to be a bad movie, and fails. Imagine the cast of “American Pie” given a camera, lots of money, costumes and horses, and told to act serious and pretend to be cowboys, and this is what you might get.

Farrell was in his early-mid twenties and had fame and fortune heaped on him after not getting into an Irish boy-band for being tone-deaf. He quickly began earning a reputation as a hard-partying star, during this period he married actress Amelia Warner. It lasted four months.

HART’S WAR (2002)

Farrell - Hart's War

Farrell followed up by co-starring with Bruce Willis in Hart’s War, a melodramatic WWII film that takes place in a Nazi POW camp, in which the POWs conduct a sort of mock trial for a white soldier’s murder of a black officer. Convoluted right? It’s basically any military courtroom drama (Few Good Men etc.). The movie got mixed to negative reviews, but bombed at the box office, only earning back half its budget. Farrell was praised again and was universally acknowledged as a star in the making.  He replaced Edward Norton who dropped out of the part.


Farrell - Minority Report

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise teamed up for the Philip K Dick adaptation in summer of 2002. Farrell joined in as a supporting part, beating out Matt Damon for the role.

It’s a high concept sci-fi story about pre-crime, as people who can see the future foresee crimes before they happen and people are arrested on that charge. Farrell has a small but important part as a detective. Minority Report opened to good reviews, and did decent at the box office, but underperformed relative to its large budget. However, it marked the first time Farrell worked with a big time director (sorry joel Schumacher, I hate you), and Spielberg has been the maker of many young actor’s careers (Damon, LeBeauf, Law). Being seen with Spielberg and Cruise was a good thing. And personally I love this film, Spielberg does better than most with his Dick adaptation, after the 80s and 90s Schwarzenneger affairs.

Next Up – The Bigtime


Posted on February 1, 2014, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 74 Comments.

  1. Another well-done entry! I gots to re-read when I get more time, but it seems a thoughtful overview of The Farrell Affair.

    Maybe — just maybe — Farrell was the “victim” of the hype surrounding him — most of us heard/got the feeling that It Boy Colin F (like Matthew McConahoohoo before him) was GONNA BE A BIG STAR. But then (like Matt McC’s) his “star vehicles” under-performed (or bombed) and “substance abuse” got in his way (no-body wants to hire a guy to front a $30 million production if The Star is gonna show up to the set hung-over…and I’m NOT saying that’s what CF DID necessarily but…) and now he’s, uh, trying to stay relevant in an Industry that’s moved on from Farrell-mania (as it moved on from Farrah-mania and LeBoof-ism and Heigl’s folly and…).

    I say (without sarcasm): Good luck to him.


  2. His son’s medical issues have played a large part in how Mr. Farrell conducts himself these days and where his priorities lie. Cleaned up his unhealthy lifestyle. Very hands-on father with both his boys. He still works and usually his appearances are the most fun to watch. Eg Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges, Horrible Bosses. He never gives you a bad moment. He works hard and he cares. He’s a grown up. Thanks for the insightful article.


  3. Agreed with Shemp’s comments. However, Mcconaughey did reverse course and move back to better material.

    Like I said about Dillon and Berenger, Farrell is a better ensemble layer or character actor than lead.


  4. Good job on the WTHH article. I have to admit I have always been a little territorial about this series and wasn’t sure how I would feel about sharing it. But I think your entries fit in seamlessly. It’s fun for me to experience the series from the reader’s POV.

    I am doing a little bit of editing. Mostly stylistic stuff. Primarily, I have been linking to other articles and linking other articles back to this one. Also, I would recommend uploading your pictures as opposed to linking to them. I used to do that. But what happened is that a lot of the pictures disappear over time. These articles have a long shelf-life. So I find it best to go with the permanent option of uploading the pics. I also recommend saving your pics in the following format “actors name – movie title”. Makes it easier to search for a picture later if you need it.

    Keep up the great work. I love the energy you’ve been bringing since you joined. I’m going to comment more on the content of the article separately.


    • Thanks, I was initially very nervous about doing a WTHH, because as far as I could see you’re the only one to have done them. But you said to write whatever, and I think the series is a lot of fun from a trivia perspective.
      I’m cool with editing, because I’m a poor editor of myself, honestly, I never read anything I write after I type it, once I hit spacebar I’m over it. Same thing with college papers. You’re right about the uploading, that’s just me being lazy cutting corners.


      • I have been protective of the series. Up until now, it’s been unofficially (maybe even officially) off-limits to other writers. I wouldn’t want just anyone writing WTHH articles. They are the backbone of the site, for better or worse. When a notification goes out that there is a new WTHH article, people flock to read it. So I want to make sure there’s a certain consistency there.

        So I was a touch reluctant to let some of my control go on that one. But based on your work so far, I had no doubt you would meet or exceed the standard I have set. Frankly, the more WTHH articles available, the faster the site grows. All the articles feed into the popularity of the series. If I can have more writers working on the series, that just accelerates our growth. So it didn’t take me long to realize it was time for me to share WTHH.

        Now that I have seen your first non-sequel WTHH entry, I know it was the right choice. I’m very, very happy with it. I just know 2014 is going to be our biggest year yet.

        I’m a terrible editor of my own work too. Folks are always alerting me to typos. Daffy spotted an embarrassing oopsie in the Leelee Sobieski article and was kind enough to notify me privately to save me the public ridicule I surely deserved, Mrs. lebeau also has editor access and spot-checks me some time.

        As far as the pics, I went ahead and uploaded them all. I think it may change how I do things. I usually upload pics as I write. I’m now thinking I will do them all at once. Seems much more efficient.

        Anyway, great article. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.


        • Well, I’m thankful to be trusted to break into it. It’s been a lot of fun. The articles take a while to write, but are informative and interesting. The challenge for me will be to write articles about actors I don’t like without just ragging them to death (ie Orlando Bloom, Josh Hartnett etc.)
          Also interested in maybe doing a Betrayed By article


        • For a long time, I only wrote about actors I liked. I didn’t want to be too harsh on people I didn’t like. Steven Seagal was the first article I wrote about someone who’s work I just didn’t care for. And now, it’s one of my favorites. I think you’re fair-minded enough to give Bloom and Hartnett their due.

          I’ve been giving some thought to the whole director thing. I think I’m ready to take the plunge into WTHH articles for directors. Jeffthewildman has agreed to help. So if you would like to tackle a director in WTHH, go ahead. Or if you feel more betrayed and would like to continue the Betrayed by series, that’s cool too.


  5. “Am I the only one that feels like Colin Farrell looks exactly the same in 85% of his movies?” LOL No you’re not the only one.

    Personally, I find CF MUCH more likeable after he got sober; he seems less arrogant and less of an a**hole, more serious, down-to-Earth and much more mature. Through my eyes, this carries over onto his onscreen personas and the characters he plays. There seems to be a depth and sincerity to his roles since giving up the lifestyle he used to lead.

    That being said, I agree that he fairs better in supporting roles as he just doesn’t have the chops or on-screen charisma to carry a whole movie. However, I think that he still has the potential to be much higher ranking in the industry than he currently is now and regain the majority of the previous stardom he once enjoyed.


  6. Agreed, once sober he really levels out and feels more in the role than before, and less like a movie star


  7. The one-two punch of Fright Night and Total Recall was a deadly combination. Two summers in a row ended with remakes no one asked for starring Farrell. He WAS the movie both times. There was no other selling point besides the familiar name. And both times, the movies tanked. Suddenly, Farrell is Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Bad Remake.

    I know I’m in the minority on this one. But I was quite impressed with Farrell in Saving Mr. Banks. Maybe it’s because I have daughters and I’m a sucker for daddy/daughter stories. But I found his performance both charming and heartbreaking.

    I’m taking issue with you on Horrible Bosses. Jason Bateman is the Jerry O’Connell of the 2000’s?!? Jerry O’Connell is the Jerry O’Connell of the 2000’s. Jason Bateman is awesome, sir. Even if most of his movies are terrible.


    • Lol I just feel like Jason Bateman is the same exact person Jerry O’Connell is. That medium funny straight man in medium funny comedies, that looks like your everyman Uncle Jack or something. I can’t really explain it, I just feel like if they remake Buying the Cow, Jason Bateman will star in it.
      And I agree, Farrell was the big draw for those movies, and they didn’t draw. Game over, man. Game over.
      Farrell actually received good reviews, so you’re probably in step with most, I just felt he was out of place somehow.


      • I see Jerry O’Connell as a frat boy douchebag. Everything about O’Connell makes me want to punch him in the face. He seems aware of it. How else to explain his treatment in Piranha? Bateman, on the other hand, I see as a great straight man who will cash any paycheck. It’s a shame he’s made so many mediocre movies. But I feel like he elevates the material. And when he gets something worth of his talents – like Arrested Development – he’s gold. Bateman = funny. O’Connell = opposite of funny.

        But you’re probably right about Bateman starring in a Buying the Cow remake. If the check clears, I think Bateman will do it.

        As for Saving Mr. Banks, I don’t feel like Farrell was served well by the material. It was such a manipulative movie. But I felt like he had a natural charm in the role. I really did care about his relationship with his daughter even as I was aware (and somewhat resentful of) the emotional manipulation of the script. I credit Farrell with selling lesser material well.


        • 100% agree on EVERYTHING you said about both Bateman and O’Connell, including the part where he makes me just want to punch him in the face. (It’s almost like O’Connell is TRYING to be as obnoxous and irritating as possble. Oddly enough, I didn’t always find him so unbearable. I don’t know if it’s because HE’S gotten older or because I have, but, as time has progressed, I’ve come to be unable to tolerate him.)

          On the flip side, I LOVE Jason Bateman; I think he’s hysterical and SEROUSLY underrated. His forte is definitely comedy, and he should stick to doing that. (He’s not BAD in non-comedic roles, but he’s milquetoast and REALLY meh.) He DOES seem willing to do almost anything for a paycheck, but, honestly, I can’t fault him for that. He’s NEVER been a big name in the industry, let alone a bankable one, and, frankly, I’m both surprised and impressed that he’s managed to stay in the industry as long as he has. While he’s never been huge or really sought after, he managed to transition from child star to adult actor fairly smoothly (ie: without scandal or taking a “break”), and how many actors can we say THAT about? If nothing else, you have to respect that.

          All of that being said, I could see how or why he wouldn’t be some people’s cup of tea. Personally, though, I think he’s comic gold.


        • I think of Bateman as a successor to Newhart.

          And yes, I think O’Connell’s whole thing these days is to be obnoxious. I think he’s in on it. He’s not a naturally funny guy. But he’s very handsome. So his role in comedies seems to be the handsome jock asshole. More and more, it’s the middle-aged handsome jock asshole sadly reliving his glory days. So, I really hope it’s an act.


  8. Although I don’t detest him (the way I detest Rob Schneider) I’d say Jerry O’Connell is very much an NBF (Never Been Funny).


  9. Good article but I must say I am one of the “few” that miss the 80s and the 90s …


  10. Another great entry, though this one on a good actor and (it seems) a good man. He does have t a puppy dog likable look, I admit, though the two 80’s remakes are not cool, man.

    “And nobody likes the 80s. We’re all thankful it’s gone, we don’t want to be reminded.”

    Nooooo!!!! Whassamatta with you?

    Say, has there been something on Harrison Ford?


  11. 10 Actors Who Are Box Office Poison:

    Colin Farrell

    Notable Flops: The Way Back ($20.3m against $30m), London Boulevard ($4.6m against $12.3m), Fright Night ($41m against $30m), Total Recall ($198.4m against $140m) and Dead Man Down ($18m against $30m).

    Much like Reynolds, Farrell has a sure star quality, being both exceptionally handsome and thoroughly charming, yet his projects just aren’t connecting with audiences, and as a result he finds himself weathering a troubling number of flops in a relatively short period.
    Upcoming Projects: Still, the future is looking bright for the actor, as he has a few high-profile projects awaiting release; he has a supporting role in the Oscar-baiting Saving Mr. Banks, and most importantly, co-stars with both Will Smith and Russell Crowe in the upcoming fantasy flick Winter’s Tale.

    A fantasy film starring a tri-fecta of talented, apparently popular actors? Farrell would have to be mega-cursed for this one to not pull in the box office cheddar, but stranger things have happened…


  12. You write, in few of your recent entries how stars (like Farrell, bloom) and directors (M. night S-too-long-name and Singlton) got big fast, too soon and then faded. I am curious if that is what will happen with jennifer Lawrence. Oscars, noms, trilogy…then maybe WTHH to Jennifer Lawrence some time in 2020? =D


    • To me, J Law needs to really establish herself outside of The Hunger Games. She’s only got a short while to do that. But I think she’s doing a very good job so far. She should keep making movies with David O. Russell and other directors who can keep her working after The Hunger Games wraps up.

      Having said that, 2020 sounds about right.


  13. Alexander (DC) was brilliant, I totally disagree with every negative review of this film.

    Farrell was brilliant in the role (I accept criticism of the hairstyle and dye) as were the cast and direction.


  14. Bad Movie Beatdown: Total Recall (2012):

    Check out the 17:44-18:02 mark.


  15. You have neglected to include some of mr. Farrels work such as In Bruje, Dead Man Down, Undine and Winters tale. Colin has the depth and natural charater to hold the screen in any character role if given the chance. For this actor WTHH not so much. Thanks


    • Those movies were all mentioned in the article. I’m not sure if you realized this or not, but the article consists of multiple pages.

      The WTHH for Farrell isn’t that he disappeared from the face of the earth. In truth, few successful actors really do. It’s that for a while, he seemed destined to be the Next Big Thing. But for reasons detailed in the article, that never happened.


  16. 10 Blockbuster Leading Men So Boring They Almost Put Us To Sleep:

    1. Colin Farrell

    Boring Blockbusters: S.W.A.T. (2003), Alexander (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Total Recall (2012)

    Colin Farrell can give a great performance with the right material, as evidenced by strong turns over the last decade in projects as varied as Minority Report, Daredevil, In Bruges and Horrible Bosses to name but a few. However, whenever the actor has taken the lead role in a big-budget feature he has failed to deliver anything near his best work.

    In Clark Johnson’s $70m adaptation of the 1970s television series, Farrell plays Jim Street, a hot-shot rookie S.W.A.T officer with a personality as uninteresting as his name. The actor fares no worse than the rest of the cast, although that is hardly a compliment given the by-the-numbers dialogue and overall mediocrity of the final product. The following year, the Irishman played the title character in Oliver Stone’s long-gestating $155m epic Alexander. Although subsequent cuts of the movie have marked an improvement on the theatrical version, Farrell seems painfully miscast and fails to hold the audience’s attention as one of history’s greatest strategists.

    The actor would then share leading man status alongside Jamie Foxx in the $135m big-screen adaptation of Miami Vice, which is as great-looking as you would expect from a Michael Mann movie but suffers from taking itself too seriously and a frankly alarming lack of chemistry between the two leads. Farrell’s latest big-budget leading role would see him step into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes as Douglas Quaid in the lifeless Total Recall remake. Vastly inferior to Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action classic, the actor delivers a frustratingly one-note performance as soulless as the movie itself. Without a doubt Colin Farrell is a more than a capable actor, although he is one who struggles in carrying a major studio picture.


  17. How’d I miss this entry? Very interesting material here. The guy has arresting features and acting chops. He may almost be too young for a retrospective, I think he will go on working and probably necessitate a couple of revisions here 🙂
    “Saving Mr. Banks” is a topic where, you and I have agreed to disagree, and part of my falling for that movie had to do with Farrell’s role as the alcholic father. He really nailed that performance, and normally RB isn’t crazy about a lot of flashback sequences to explain things.


    • This entry was written by DWMcGuff. I’m actually with you on Farrell in Saving Mr. Banks. Emma Thompson got all the accolades. And deservedly so. But I was surprised by how few people commented on Farrell’s performance. I thought he took difficult material and made it work by sheer force of his charisma.

      Farrell’s going to be around for a long time which will necessitate updates. But I think his days as an A-lister are over if they ever started.


      • I meant to reply to one of your comments above, and messed that up (see why RB is always in need of editing…) and also should have given props to the author DWMcGuff for a well written piece. Interesting that you both find Saving Mr. Banks to be manipulative, it’s a movie that definitely affects people in different ways.


        • I don’t think there is any doubt the movie is trying to draw tears from the audience by any means necessary. What’s open for debate is how successful it is. People have differing tolerances for that sort of thing. Some people enjoy a good cry no matter how it is achieved. Other movie goers resent when a movie doesn’t come by them honestly. I tend to be in the latter category. For me, Saving Mr. Banks is absolutely shameless in its attempts to elicit tears. It puts the jerk in tearjerker. This sort of thing actually makes me very angry. But Thompson and Farrell saved the movie for me. There’s a lot of hack work on display in Saving Mr. Banks. But it’s redeemed by great performances from most of the cast.


      • So few people commented on Farrell’s performance that I was thoroughly startled when he showed up on screen. And pleased. He’s always watchable, even when the pleasure is in awfulness rather than brilliance.


  18. 12 Actors Who Basically Guarantee You Make A Flop:

    1. Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell is one of the strongest actors on this list, and so it’s all the more depressing and mystifying that he just can’t seem to open many movies. His hits of the last decade include In Bruges, Crazy Heart (sold on Oscar buzz and Jeff Bridges’ performance), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (an ensemble film, and Heath Ledger’s death certainly stirred up interest), Horrible Bosses (ensemble), Epic (animated), and Saving Mr. Banks (a supporting part in a movie sold on Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson).

    His flops? Brace yourselves: A Home at the End of the World, Alexander (his biggest flop), The New World, Miami Vice (a huge flop), Ask the Dust, Cassandra’s Dream, Pride and Glory, Ondine, Triage, The Way Back, London Boulevard, Fright Night, Total Recall (another huge flop), Seven Psychopaths, Dead Man Down, and Winter’s Tale.

    Why Is He A Flop? With the exception of In Bruges, Farrell just can’t seem to open a movie on his own: his successes have been as part of a larger cast in a supporting role, while his high-profile failures have often been movies that on paper should have succeeded (namely Miami Vice, Fright Night and Total Recall).

    He’s clearly another actor who thrives in supporting parts, and despite his immense acting skill, audiences just don’t care for him as a leading man, for some reason.


  19. I don’t mean to be rude, but good lord, you don’t have to insult him. No offense, but you’re making Colin out to be a no talent hack who got lucky. I know he’s appeared in some bombs, but Total Recall certainly wasn’t the flop people made it out to be. I’ve always thought Colin is an extremely underrated actor. I was blown away by his performances in Phone Booth, Saving Mr. Banks, A Home at the End of the World, and Dead Man Down. When the hell as Jennifer Aniston ever had a hit on her own? But you don’t see people criticizing her. She plays the same character over and over again, yet everybody seems to worship her.


  20. i think his amazing performance in horrible bosses proved he should go jude law route and take ensemble movies like seven physcopaths or comedy inbrudges was amazing he may never be a serious actor like deniro but he has great comic timing


    • Farrell is in the same boat as Law. He’ll take leads in smaller movies and supporting roles in bigger movies. But he’ll never be an A-list leading man. And just like with Jude Law, there is nothing wrong with that. I’ll give Farrell credit for having gotten his head on straight. He was a mess there for a while. He seems happy now. Good for him.


      • 10 Modern Action Film Stars Who Failed To Meet Their Potential:

        1. Colin Farrell

        After breaking into Hollywood thanks to parts in a string of commercial hits at the turn of the 21st Century, Colin Farrell has had numerous chances to convince audiences of his abilities as an action star. However, most of his blockbuster leading man efforts have been lackluster to say the least, and the Irish actor is clearly more comfortable working in projects with much smaller budgets.

        For some reason, Farrell has never made for a convincing action star despite the opportunities he has received. In S.W.A.T, his character was as dull as the rest of the movie, Oliver Stone’s Alexander saw him struggle to convince in the genre that had certified Russell Crowe as a bad-ass, Miami Vice took itself so seriously that it forgot to be entertaining, and the Total Recall remake is just kind of… there. Supporting roles in blockbusters Minority Report and Daredevil saw that Farrell could thrive in a big-budget action-heavy environment, just not as the leading man. Farrell has more than proven himself as a capable actor over the years, but the Golden Globe winner just isn’t cut out for being an action star.


  21. he had sucesss with brudges law had sucess with cold mountain both were lead roles give them credit they had some sucess with lead role and they could still pull it off i gues they just get offered better supporting roles


  22. I’d consider Colin leading man material, there are other leading roles than just big movie star roles. I might be the rare person who enjoyed Total Recall, but I admit to preferring Colin in smaller character driven projects so he can show off his acting skills, which I think are underrappreciated. My two favorites Colin performances are A Home at the End of the World and Dead Man Down, both of which I thought should have been seen by a wider audience.


  23. but after seven physcopaths shows he excels in comedy he should do more of that


  24. I agree. I love him in comedies, I think he should do more. I thought he was the best part of Horrible Bosses — just hysterical.


  25. dont forget inbrudges him and jim carrey should switch career moves carrery is better comedy colin is amazing in comedy watch his appearance in scrubs


  26. Saw that too! It was funny stuff. I’ve only seen part of In Bruges, can’t believe I haven’t seen all of it. I’ll have to check it out.


  27. one day i can see him winning an oscar


    • Honestly, I don’t think in those terms. In the right role, anyone can win an Oscar. And talented actors may have a long career without so much as a nomination. It just doesn’t mean much.


  28. i guess but a nomantion can mean wonders believe it or not producers think if u put oscar nomination actor in the commercial for a movie it will get people to see a movie it looks good on an oscars resume. Having oscar winner or nominated actors does bring publicity to a movie uf you think about it an oscar nom is just as good as having a box office hit its all about how you capitalize the sucess movie offers will come but it depends if an actor can tell the right ones from wrong ones


  29. lebeau u ever think of making an article about mark hamil he was the lead of star wars yet his career didnt go as big as harrison ford supporting role in star wars u would think a leading man in one of the biggest movies all time he would have a lot of movies offers more then ford i dont know what happened outside of star wars not sure if he ver did other movies


  30. its funny u say jude and colin were never a lists yet u say kilmer can be considered one kilmer was never as big as jude or colin jude being cast in sky cpatain and colin being cast in big budget could mean there a listers in the rise like kilmer but unlike val they had hits where one can aruge they were the drawing points like phone booth swat cold mountain closer kilmer was not why people saw batman forever he latched on to a successful franchise hence why his lead roles before and after batman mostly flopped


  31. Hey dwmcguff, do you have plans on updating the status of Winter’s Tale since it hugely bombed with critics and audiences back in February?


    • 10 Awful 2014 Movies That Deserved To Bomb At The Box Office:

      1. Winter’s Tale

      Budget: $60 million

      Box office: $30.8 million

      Colin Farrell doesn’t have much luck when it comes to picking decent projects to sign on to. He’s proven that he’s a capable actor in movies such as In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, but for the most part his films are poor efforts with rubbish box office returns to show for it.

      Winter’s Tale might just be the lowest his movies have sunk to, which is really saying something. The directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman – who previously penned films like Batman And Robin and Star Trek: Into Darkness – aims for the epic with a fantasy story spanning generations and ends up turning out a bit of a turkey. Adding Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt to the cast wasn’t enough to save this from being a complete box office flop.

      Flaky romance and Hollywood schmaltz has rarely been filmed with such overblown pretentiousness – Goldsman should perhaps stick to the screenwriting, although with his track record that’s probably not a good thing, either.


  32. he has a kncakc for comedy seven psychopaths in bruges horrible bosses i think comedy is his forte he should aim for comedy by top notch directors


  33. 10 Actors Who Are About To Make A Huge Comeback:

    Colin Farrell – True Detective

    Colin Farrell gets a lot of schtick for being a bad actor, but he has his moments: it’s hard to imagine anybody else in black comedy movie In Bruges, after all, and he made an interesting foil to Tom Cruise’s wrongly accused cop in Spielberg’s Minority Report.

    Still, the actor has fallen by the wayside somewhat in recent years, having appeared in a string of rather terrible movies, including Dead Man Down and the travesty that was Winter’s Tale, arguably the most ill-judged blockbuster ever conceived. His most recent venture, absurd comedy The Lobster, was met with mixed reviews at Cannes 2015.

    Essentially, then, Farrell needs something to sink his teeth into – and season two of TV’s True Detective looks to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Farrell has secured the lead role in the next chapter of the acclaimed anthology series, as one Detective Ray Velcoro, and will star opposite Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.

    Hopefully, as was the case with Matthew McConaughey, True Detective will given Farrell the opportunity to display some real acting chops.


  34. 8 Signs Colin Farrell Is The New Matthew McConaughey:

    What do a Texan charmer and an Irish heartthrob have in common?


  35. 10 Movies That Made You Love Unbearable Actors:

    Colin Farrell – In Bruges

    Colin Farrell is one of those actors whose reputation in real life seeps into his performances, to the point where it’s kind of impossible to separate the two.

    So because you know that Farrell is a bit of a d*ck in person, you kind of project that persona onto him whenever he turns up on the big screen. Which is essentially a long and convoluted way of saying that: Colin Farrell comes across as an egotistic jerk-off – in real life, and in the movies, too.

    Whilst the Irish actor comes across as plainly unlikeable in most films, In Bruges – the black comedy set in the Belgium town of the same time – contains such as likeable and endearing Colin Farrell performance that you almost want to forgive him entirely for all the bad times. As Ray, a sweetly naive hitman hiding out after a job gone wrong, he’s both funny and – believe it or not – adorable, marking it out as the most affable turn of his entire career.


  36. Colin Farrell in Alexander makes WatchMojo’s Another Top 10 Worst Casting Choices

    Other picks include Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Keanu Reeves in Dracula, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman & Robin, and the entire cast of The Last Airbender.



      In a casting decision that we may never understand, Colin Farrell once infamously played Alexander the Great in the flop of a film Alexander. Even director Oliver Stone admitted that he completely screwed up the film. From the casting to the script, it was all a mess that he takes responsibility for.

      Unfortunately though, the main target was Farrell. Farrell’s interpretation of Alexander the Great was more of a basket case and less of a world conqueror. His performance, complete with an Irish accent, was totally lambasted by critics and audiences. In fact, Farrell admits that all the hate he got after the film almost caused him to quit acting for good.

      Years later, Farrell is experiencing a career resurgence, and he is able to look back at Alexander and laugh. Good thing, because we’ve all been laughing at it since day one.



    Farrell is like a handsome Steve Buscemi. He’s a great actor when he gets to be weird/quirky/different. Unfortunately he looks like Colin Farrell, and not Buscemi, so he doesn’t get to play those characters as often as he should.


  38. Really great article of a certainly strange conundrum. Had Farrell only had looks, it would be easy to dismiss his “15” minutes; but it was more than 15 minutes and he did work with some of Hollywood’s best directors.
    I remember watching him in Alexander and even under that stupid $10 wig, his facial expressions, body language, whole demeanor was stunning. I am an Oliver Stone fan, I liked the film. Yes it had some serious problems but Farrell was not one of them.
    Proof of his talent was that an actor stuck in a phone booth, no special effects, really a thin plot kept us riveted the whole time. No small stunt.
    In Bruges, the first time we see Farrell he almost looks like a different actor. He was a total geek, and it was not just the haircut. He became this pathetic loser, misfit. It was if the good looking, Hollywood glamour boy never existed. Even as a dweeb, it was hard to not take your eyes off of him; he was Hilarious.
    But by Miami Vice, as much as I admire Mann, even Farrell’s great acting could not hide bad movie choices/ outcomes one on top of another.
    But just like everyone had started to write Johnny Depp off, I think we have a lot more to see of Farrell. Certainly that kind of meteoric rise, relatively quickly has to play with one’s head. He has revealed too much talent under some of these mediocre to bad films; it is way too early to count Farrell out. Even in a bad blond wig that seemed to move down in each scene, Farrell can hold his own against some seemingly great Hollywood icons. Displaying more talent in his little finger than in all their 5’8″; can you say Tom Cruise?


  39. 15 Actors In Desperate Need Of A Box Office Hit


    Colin Farrell is one of the most talented actors working today, but he seems to pick projects out of a hat, with no rhyme, reason, or clear trajectory. Perhaps he had attempted to balance prestige pictures with blockbusters, but this approach has been met with varying degrees of success. SWAT, Phone Booth and Daredevil were decent box office hits (for Farrell, if not for Ben Affleck), but his awful miscasting in Alexander was the first in a string of misfires for the thespian.

    Michael Mann’s Miami Vice adaptation was torn between being a wordy drama and a stylish crime-thriller and failed to make waves at the box office. Farrell’s southern accent was a particularly weak point of the film. The New World was a doomed Pocahontas story which holds up surprisingly well, but was dismissed at the time. More recently, his turn in the Total Recall remake was a major dud, but a serviceable audition for Colin to maybe one day play Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie.

    Farrell’s most recent film, 2014’s Winter’s Tale, was something of a financial disaster, only earning back half of its 60 million dollar budget at the global box office. Colin will next feature in the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but time will tell if he can return to the stardom he so strongly deserves. A rumored turn in the highly anticipated Justice League Dark would be a great place to start.


  40. The Blunt Reason Colin Farrell Signed On To Do The Harry Potter Spinoff

    In the past, Colin Farrell has often presented himself as a pretty up front kind of person, so it was no surprise that he gave a very blunt and honest answer, when asked what drew his interest to the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. He also managed to drop a pretty great use of an F-Bomb when talking about one particularly appealing aspect of this role. Colin Farrell was kind enough to speak with the press about Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them when we visited the set back in December. When asked about his interest in taking on the role of Graves in Fantastic Beasts, here’s his honest answer… Work. And the world that it exists within. I mean its enormous


  41. while I enjoyed horribale bosses like a lot of sequels its not as good as the first one. I honestly think that is due to lack of colin farell who stole the show in 1st one


  42. “Am I the only one that feels like Colin Farrell looks exactly the same in 85% of his movies?”

    Isn’t that part of his usefulness / appeal, tho’? No other actor really looks like him, so he stands out / is memorable (including for producers). Anyone else in cinema under the heading “swarthy” is usually of south European heritage. Plus he’s pretty enough for women whilst masculine enough for men – there’s not so many of those about. Throw in the native accent as well, and it’s no surprise he’s popped up in so many projects. Without the looks he’d just be a solid B lister. Think Robert Carlyle / Tim Roth*: reliable, varied, always a pleasure, but not a headliner.

    *without the competence with accents, obv.. Very obv..

    ‘In Bruges’ is a brilliant film, and is a good example of what I think works in his best roles yet works against him ever being a serious star. His sense of the ridiculous is irrepressible, & bubbles up uncontrollably, to the point that in “serious” roles he winds up being 2D because he’s having to squelch it so hard.

    There’s very few people at his level who, so young, were prepared to admit to their own character flaws in public, & for that I admire him enormously. Can’t think of another other than Tom Hardy.

    As you can tell, I like Farrell more as a person than an actor. Tho’ I’ve yet to see ‘The Lobster’, which is an omission I seriously need to address …


  43. Colin Farrell and the Art of the Small Comeback


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