Farrell looks back at 'bad boy' past

Published Monday, 02 December 2013
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Irish actor Colin Farrell has been speaking to This Morning about his latest role in the new film Saving Mr. Banks and revealed how his own troubled past helped him to portray the character.

Farrell looks back at 'bad boy' past
Hollywood star Colin Farrell chats to This Morning. (© Ken McKay)

In the film - which also stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks - Colin plays Mr. Banks, who is the alcoholic father of the author of the Mary Poppins books PL Travers.

In portraying such a flawed character, parallels have been drawn with Colin's own past which led to a stint in rehab in 2005.

"Everything you experience as a person goes into your work," the actor told Phillip and Holly. "You channel every experience you have and then it is a piece of fiction.

"(Mr. Banks') life was so remarkably different from any life I know.

"I had a lot of help, but the character I play in this film didn't. In the Australian outback in1907 they weren't big on support groups."

While the actor lives a very different lifestyle today, he admitted he was very "troubled" eight years ago.

"I was troubled when I realised I was in trouble - troubled squared," he joked.

"I had a lot of help, I had a lot of help from people who loved me and were very supportive, so with that in mind I was very lucky to have certain things that were placed in front of me and that meant I could be a little bit less troubled.

"Mind you, if I saw me today as (I) saw the me eight years ago, I would say "just keep him away from me".

"Even back then anybody that was... comfortable in their own skin would kind of agitate me.

"I was never malicious or anything but back then I had no ability of understanding the idea of contentment, and I don't mean being smug about how great everything is, I mean a true sense of contentment however that may present itself to various people.

"But now I have a bit more of an idea of that being a dad."

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