Colin Farrell to be Honored at "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film"
November 14, 2012. Colin Farrell will be honored at the US-Ireland Aliiance's "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film". The annual event will be held on 21 February at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monicia.
A native of Ireland, Colin Farrell continues to turn heads in Hollywood. In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in “In Bruges” and has currently can be seen reteamed with director Martin McDonough for the CBS films’ “Seven Psychopaths.” The film centers around a screenwriter (Farrell) who struggles to find the handle on his script, called Seven Psychopaths. He gets drawn into the dog napping escapades of his friends (played by San Rockwell and Christopher Walken). Once the beloved Shih Tzu owned by a psychopathic gangster goes missing, the screenwriter finds himself fueled with all the drama he needs for his screenplay, if he can stay alive long enough to write it all down.
In March 2013 he can be seen in the Film District feature “Dead Man Down “starring opposite Naommi Rapace for director Neils Arden. The action film will be produced by Neil Moritz. In May he can be heard opposite Beyonce and Amanda Seyfried in the Fox animated film “Epic” from the creators of “Rio” and “Ice Age.”
He has recently wrapped the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson which is a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular Disney film "Mary Poppins" came to be. He is currently shooting “Winter’s Tale” for Academy Award winning writer Akiva Goldsman who is make his directing debut in the fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan and revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.
He was recently seen in “Total Recall”; Peter Weir’s “The Way Back”; “London Boulvard”; “Fright Night”; the Waner Brothers comedy “Horrible Bosses”; “Ondine” by Irish director Neil Jordan which revolves around an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid. His other films include Gavin O’Conner’s “Pride and Glory”; Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream”; “Miami Vice”; Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”; Terrence Malick’s “The New World”; “Ask the Dust,” based on the novel by John Fante; opposite Al Pacino in "The Recruit"; “A Home at the End of the World” based on the Michael Cunningham novel, and two roles in Joel Schumacher's films "Phone Booth" and "Tigerland". Other film credits include “Minority Report,” “Daredevil,” “American Outlaws,” “Tigerland,” “SWAT,” and “Intermission.”
Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Colin is the son of former football player, Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon Farrell played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers in the 1960's.
It was Colin's early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle's footsteps, however his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, Colin landed a starring role in Dierde Purcell's miniseries "Falling for a Dancer," a starring role in the BBC series "Ballykissangel," and a featured role in Tim Roth's directorial debut, "The War Zone," followed soon after.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.