It didn’t help that his paragon of Irishness was poet Brendan Behan, notorious for drunken interviews and incendiary aphorism. Everything was magnified: the opportunities I had, the money I earned.So the smokescreen [I created] was magnified: it was the one true consistency I had. If you build a dam, water becomes a bigger version of itself. ’ Farrell stepped off the blockbuster juggernaut, taking the slow train back to the top, rebuilding his confidence in independent films – mostly playing soul-scorched men struggling to extricate themselves from erstwhile sin and addiction.He is still a deep well of charm, but now the storm clouds have gone, it is easier to see the sensitivities beneath: his swift intellect and emotional fluency.With his Jimmy Stewart-style sweep-over flopping on to his forehead at the height of his verbal paroxysms, there is a tenderness to him.And so any subtleties of the man were drowned out by his soundbites.
Please report any comments that suggest the person is gay or had sex with anybody or has an STD.It is easy to see how, when magnified exponentially by stimulants, this could have got him into trouble.When, aged 22, he moved from Dublin to Hollywood, he was notorious not only for his frenzied devouring of narcotics, whisky and women, but also for his refusal to modify himself for the sterilising publicity machine.He vomited forth the unedited details of his antics to journalists – as if the priests of his confessions.He was quoted on porn, prostitutes and on one occasion heroin.