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.