Ir­ish cof­fee

L’Officiel Middle East (English) - - Contents - By Juli­ette Michaud Pho­tog­ra­pher Vin­cent de­sailly

Hol­ly­wood’s former bad boy re­veals his vul­ner­a­bil­ity in au­thor’s films, and it’s re­ally good for him. Colin Far­rell who is star­ring in Yór­gos Lán­thi­mos’ “Killing of the sa­cred deer”, is our morn­ing guest, over cof­fee and cig­a­rette.

Does he pre­fer brunch over break­fast? Never mind. Colin Far­rell bites into a “crois­sant”, grabs his mug, look­ing you straight in the eye, speaks very calmly with his dis­tin­guished Ir­ish ac­cent ... The ca­reer of Colin Far­rell, 41, does not slow down, quite the op­po­site. Con­sen­sual vic­tim of the fe­male de­sire in Sofia Cop­pola’s “The Beguild”, he will be seen again with Ni­cole Kid­man on Novem­ber 1st in the new “dis­turb­ing” film of Yór­gos Lán­thi­mos, di­rec­tor of The Lob­ster. Be­fore film­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of Steve Mcqueen and Tim Bur­ton. Just that.

What are your break­fast habits?

Bad (laughs). From time to time, I in­dulge in brunch, and I love it. Eggs, what­ever you want. Oth­er­wise, I do not eat in the morn­ing. Es­pe­cially if I’m work­ing, be­cause I feel un­able to ap­proach a char­ac­ter full belly. Just cof­fee or tea. And a cig­a­rette. (He ex­hales the smoke from the one he’s hold­ing be­tween his fin­gers.) I know, it’s wrong.

Where do you live ?

In Dublin and Los Feliz, a neigh­bor­hood in Los An­ge­les, where I brought a good part of my fam­ily. Here, I do yoga, hik­ing in Grif­fith Park, I cook a lit­tle, but since I gained all that weight for The Lob­ster, I pay at­ten­tion to what I eat. I am a real Cal­i­for­nian. There is some­thing very sweet about you - just the op­po­site of your de­pres­sive sur­geon fa­ther char­ac­ter mar­ried to Ni­cole Kid­man in The Killing of a Sa­cred Deer, a very Kubrick tragedy.

Yes, by the way if you have an ex­pla­na­tion as to the mean­ing of the sce­nario, I’m in­ter­ested (laughs). The film was as dif­fi­cult to shoot as it is to watch: tense, re­pres­sive, with­out any ex­pla­na­tion. I re­as­sured Ni­cole that it was go­ing to be fine. She’s a great woman, I hope we’ll shoot a third time to­gether. And even with Yór­gos if he asks us, be­cause I’m his num­ber one fan. And he’s tak­ing ad­van­tage of it! (Laugh­ter.)

You worked with so many masters, did it change you?

Work­ing with Sofia Cop­pola, for ex­am­ple, soothes you, be­cause she sur­rounds you with sweet­ness and beauty. But it is above all pa­ter­nity and be­com­ing sober that changed me. And to have made the small lib­er­at­ing film In Bruges. With gi­ants, like Ter­rence Mal­ick, fi­nally, you just go through. Imag­ine, un­til the first day of film­ing Cs­san­dra’s Dream, Woody Allen took me for Ewan Mcgre­gor!

Your ap­petite dou­bled. seems to have dou­bled.

I was wait­ing for my two beau­ti­ful sons to be old enough to take on more parts. This year, I am do­ing Wid­ows with Steve Mcqueen’s (a fe­male heist movie star­ring Vi­ola Davis, Michelle Ro­dríguez and Robert Du­vall, ed­i­tor’s note); I play a lawyer op­po­site Den­zel Wash­ing­ton in Ro­man Is­rael, Esq., a dra­matic thriller by Dan Gil­roy; and Tim Bur­ton’s Dumbo, with Eva Green. I play the fa­ther of kids who get crazy about the baby ele­phant. I vary the cat­e­gories to have fun. My ex­is­ten­tial rev­o­lu­tion has been one to trust.

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