Colin Farrell has seen his fair share of tabloid headlines for his wild lifestyle that ended in rehab. Now, Farrell is playing a corrupt cop searching for redemption in Pride and Glory and being a doting single dad to his 5-year-old son James.
On if James is like him: “He doesn’t really remind me of me at all. Maybe I should get a blood test. Actually, he’s just his own little creature, thank God. I remind myself of myself too much. It would be unfortunate if my son reminded me of me, as well.”
On the silly moments with James where they’re just having fun: “There’s times I play with him and I do certain things and he kind of looks at me like I’m an idiot. I think we kind of use children to get back to what we deem to be a purer form of ourselves at times. And sometimes it doesn’t suit them. They’d rather we act a little more grown-up.”
On how he seems a little more guarded with the press: “A lot of people who are looking at me haven’t a clue, and I’m fine with them not having a clue. I don’t need to get out there and put my heart and my soul on the line and my dreams and my fears. Most of the time, I’m frivolous and I’m having a laugh at it cause I enjoy having a laugh. But when I need to get serious, I do get serious. Things affect me hugely but I don’t need to share that with anyone, unless they’re people that I love and trust.”
On what helps him deal with celebrity: “I’m seeing things in a little more clear picture now. When I first came to Hollywood, I was told, ‘You’re this. You’re that. You can’t do this. You can’t do that.’ And I think I probably went, ‘Well f *** you all, watch me do it, and watch me do it big.’ Now, I can live my life the way I’ve kind of always lived it. I just don’t have to wear it on my sleeve as much. I have a son so I just want to make sure that he’s well taken care of.”
As Oscar season approaches, Kristin Scott Thomas is getting early buzz for her powerful performance in I’ve Loved You So Long. In the subtitled drama, Scott joins the ranks of actresses who’ve gotten attention for putting their beauty on hold. In the film, she portrays a woman trying to put her life together after serving 15 years in prison for killing her young son. Kristin has three children of her own, Hannah, 20, Joseph, 17, and Georges, 8.
On the challenges of this role: “You become a bit of a masochist as an actress because you’re going in there thinking, ‘This will be great. I really want to get my teeth into something.’ But then it actually hurts like hell. Every day I would sort of just unzip and see what happened. And I didn’t realize how harrowing it would be.”
On if having three kids of her own made the role tougher: “This crime that she’s committed is so frightening. Oh God, it doesn’t even bear thinking about. It presses a button that is almost unbearable — the loss of a child is an unthinkable thing. As a mother, it did really hit home with me. Every day you have to go to the set and face your worst nightmare.”
On how she felt about skipping hair and make-up for this role: “It’s not a big deal. We wanted a kind of naked look. The director, Philippe Claudel, told me he wanted to see all the years of incarceration tattooed on my face and part of that was having a sort of grayish complexion and colorless hair. Believe me, it didn’t bother me not to have to worry about being glamorous.”
On if Hollywood puts too much attention on looks: “It’s not just Hollywood. When somebody walks in a room and you look at them you do, whether you like it or not, you’re making judgments about that person just by the way they’re dressed. It’s true. We all do it. That’s why we all buy too many clothes, which I think is awful.”
For the rest of the interview with Kristin, go to Parade.
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