After the fiasco that was True Detective Season 2, we feel like we need to remind everyone why Colin Farrell is so damned brilliant.
We've picked six movies where his performances stand out. Some are funny (OK, a lot are funny) and some are moving, but overall, they seem to showcase a range that surpasses the average actors on the street these days.
If you got a taste of him on TV and want to know more, this list will give you a great place to start.
Farrell plays one half of a brotherly duo who do something unthinkable for their uncle when they believe they're trapped beyond reason. Farrell's character, Terry, sinks into an unfathomable guilt and despair at what they have done, while his brother, Ian (Ewan MacGregor) goes on to revel in his new life after the fact. Farrell's journey from happy, if hapless, young man to one beyond salvation is brilliant.
In Phone Booth, Colin Farrell proves he can lead a movie. He plays a married man who has been having an affair who uses the last phone booth in NYC to call his lover. He's then held hostage inside at gunpoint until he agrees to tell various truths, lest the lives of many others be lost. It sounds ludicrous, and in other, less capable hands it could have been. Instead, Farrell's emotional range makes for a rather gripping thriller.
Farrell got sucked into a few remakes (S.W.A.T., Miami Vice, Total Recall), but Fright Night is actually pretty good. His Jerry is a bit different than that featured in the original, with a darker, sexier vibe. It's not the first time he's been allowed to play tongue-in-cheek, but it's the first time on this list.
Here, Farrell plays Marty, a disillusioned screenwriter trying to finish his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. This is a quirky, meta film co-starring Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken, among others as the actual psychopaths on which Marty bases his story. It's Farrell's second outing with director Martin McDonagh and, although not a box office success, definitely showcases Farrell as a comedic talent.
In this small role as Bobby Pellit, not only is he virtually unrecognizable as the balding boss sporting a barely there comb-over, he steals the show. Simply every scene he's in is one to relish and remember. You know a leading man has IT when they're willing to take on roles of this nature and dive in head first. Colin Farrell has IT.
Only watching In Bruges could wash the bad taste out of my mouth left after 8.5 hours of True Detective. Not only is the movie itself perfection, Colin Farrell is, as well. His lines are delivered with comic precision one moment, and he allows a single tear to make a statement the next. Farrell's performance is unforgettable. Every time you watch, you are moved, whether to laugh out loud or cry in your beer. With the range he shows in this one role, he proves there is absolutely nothing he can't accomplish, as long as the script and editing allow.
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