Top 12: Aside from his Golden Globes winning performance for The Banshees of Inisherin, here are Colin Farrell’s most magnetic movie roles
12 The Killing of The Sacred Deer (2017) Barry Keoghan did much more than siphon Colin’s coveted Crunchy Nut Cornflakes in this thriller starring Farrell and Nicole Kidman. They depict the Murphy family, dealing with the wrath of Keoghan’s character (Martin) who believes Steven Murphy (Farrell), a surgeon, is responsible for his dad’s death. While Farrell’s character brings the neurotic disposition (complete with the middle-aged spread, shrill cadence, and an unnerving obsession with missing pubes) one would expect from someone who’s watching his kids fall apart thanks to Martin’s machinations, it’s his brown eyes that are the only comforting thing about this otherwise suffocating movie.
11 American Outlaws (2001)
A mediocre movie at best, but this list isn’t motivated by Farrell’s wealth of emotive acting. It’s primarily about his ability to be an alluring on-screen presence. Between the abundance of sunshine, horse straddling, leather strapping, holster handling, and various stages of undress, one should be sufficiently distracted from the earnest overacting on display during this glossy depiction of Jesse James. Nothing could distract from Timothy Dalton’s ‘Scottish’ accent, however. Totally unforgivable.
10 Fright Night (2011)
At this juncture, it bears repeating that this is a countdown of Farrell’s most mesmerising movie roles, not his best or most disastrous movie roles — hence why his sublime turn in 2015’s The Lobster doesn’t feature here, or Alexander, or Daredevil for that matter. This needless horror remake would’ve been one of the largest steaming piles of excrement going had it not been for Colin’s turn as swarthy suburban vampire, Jerry Dandrige.
9 Minority Report (2002)
A man born to play a compelling antagonist worth rooting for, Colin — who was only in his mid-20s at the time of filming — features heavily in this Philip K Dick adaptation courtesy of Steven Spielberg. Arguably Farrell’s first wildly successful blockbuster, it saw legions of fans falling in love with his purposeful bad-boy persona. Farrell’s Agent Witwer character more than held his own against Hollywood royalty in the shape of then 40-year-old Tom Cruise, which must’ve been quite an intimidating experience. After all, this was prior to Cruise’s couch-jumping shenanigans.
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8 The Beguiled (2017)
Had Colin Farrell not been cast in Sofia Coppola’s remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 original starring Clint Eastwood, the picture could have been relegated to the ‘superfluous to requirements’ category. With his wounded looks, equally wounded body, and soft accent, Farrell brings a vulnerability that resonates (a little too well) with the girls residing in a remote Virginian seminary during the American Civil War. Things probably would’ve turned out just fine for Farrell’s Union soldier McBurney, had he not started, ahem, romancing all around him, leading to quite the blowback from the legion of blonde-haired characters portrayed by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. In short, by the time they’re finished with him, Corporal McBurney wishes the Confederacy had finished him off in the first place. If psycho-sexual period dramas starring Colin Farrell are your bag, perhaps give 2014’s Miss Julie a whirl also.
7 Horrible Bosses (2011)
Despite the paunch, the Trumpian candyfloss comb-over, and the dodgy facial hair, Farrell still manages to channel a heightened level of sexual magnetism into the character of Bobby Pellitt. Perhaps it’s the power-hungry frenetic energy, the gravelly voice, or those darn dimples that even prosthetics can’t hide — regardless, yours truly still had a crush on the boss’s “dipshit coke-head son”. Listen, it was either Pellitt or Farrell’s portrayal of The Penguin from this year’s The Batman. It’s not my fault Colin Farrell’s magnetism transcends the whims of any wardrobe department!
6 Crazy Heart (2009)
Not only can Colin act and throw some mean line-dancing shapes, the man also has a majestic singing voice. Look no further than this Jeff Bridges’ vehicle in which Farrell plays the meteoric country singer Tommy Sweet. While the slicked-back ponytail is more than a bit of a hurdle to surmount, we’d forgive him the dubious wet look in light of those heartfelt harmonies onstage with Bridges’ Bad Blake. As for his rendition of The Weary Kind? Would you stop…
5 Phone Booth (2002)
Given that Joel Schumacher’s movie revolves around an unlikeable NYC publicist trapped in a phone booth by an obsessed sniper, there was only ever one casting option in mind. Who else would audiences want to watch in close-up for 95pc of the film’s running time?
4 Intermission (2003)
He may have been a “fiend for mojitos” in Miami Vice but it’s his avocation for fruity condiments in John Crowley’s black comedy Intermission that had audiences hot under the collar. Brown sauce, just like Mr Farrell circa 2003, “f**king delish, man”.
3 Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Director Martin McDonagh has an amazing ability to bring quite the ensemble cast together, and there’s usually only ever one face that adopts the ‘leading man’ mantle. Here, Farrell may share the screen with Hollywood stalwarts — including Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken, alongside the legendary Tom Waits — but all eyes are always on him.
2 In Bruges (2008)
Yet another momentous McDonagh movie, which resulted in not just a passing interest in possibly the most boring place on the planet, but also a pivotal insight into Farrell’s ability to portray a multi-faceted, flawed character, that audiences simply can’t help falling in love with.
1 Tigerland (2000)
Admittedly, I was in two minds to even list this movie, given how florid it is. That said, t’was the film that started it all — our collective love affair with Colin Farrell (in spite of what is purported to be a “Texan” accent). And no one can ever take that away from Joel Schumacher. Even the most ardent of film critics.
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