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Colin Farrell 'will always be my lobster' says actress Rachel Weisz

Cast members Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell arrive at the Gala screening of the film
Cast members Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell arrive at the Gala screening of the film "The Lobster" during the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Festival at Leicester Square in London, October 13, 2015

Actress Rachel Weisz said she will always associate Colin Farrell with his Lobster alter-ego as their new film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

Farrell (39) had to pile on the pounds to play David in the unconventional love story, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos as his English-language debut, in which the pair play two people who fall in love.

"I'd never met Colin before. I met him when he had the increased weight and his face and his jawline were like doughy flesh, so he will always be David to me," said Weisz (45) at last night's premiere at the Vue West End cinema.

Farrell said he didn't enjoy the weight gain.

"It was not really a joy because you're just eating for eight weeks. I didn't want to put on weight because I didn't want to work to lose it, so I was saying to Yorgos, 'What about if he's really thin?' Because I did want to alter my physicality somewhat."

The Lobster, also starring Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw and Jessica Barden, features characters staying at a hotel who have to find themselves a partner within 45 days in a life-or-death situation.

"I don't think the plot of the film is to be taken seriously. It's very absurd," added Weisz.

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