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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Colin Farrell: I feared TV would end my career

Coin Farrell in True Detective Season 2
Coin Farrell in True Detective Season 2
Actor Colin Farrell poses backstage during the 72nd Golden Globe Awards
Colin Farrell

HOLLYWOOD hero Colin Farrell has revealed that he did consider if he was "giving up" when he returned to TV for his True Detective role.

One of the Castleknock native's first breaks was on Irish soap Ballykissangel in the 90s.

Since then he has racked up a string of blockbuster credits to his name but is soon set to return to the small screen for the HBO smash hit show.

"I haven't done TV in years, and it'll be the same thing as doing film. But the head plays tricks on you, and you think, 'Am I giving up now?' and that nonsense," he confessed.

"I know there'll be misgivings, suspicions, or daggers.

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Coin Farrell in True Detective Season 2

Colin in True Detective

"But it can create an intense experience in the moment," he revealed.

Farrell is set to star as detective Ray Velcoro in the show as a detective who is torn between masters in a corrupt police department and the mob bosses who own him, according to sources.

Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey starred in the debut season and garnered huge critical acclaim for their parts.

The Phone Booth star will appear alongside Vince Vaughan who has heaped praise on the Irishman's professionalism on set.

It is unlikely that starring in the HBO show will signal to anyone that the Dubliner is waving the white flag in Hollywood.

In an interview with InStyle magazine, Colin (39) opened up about his disappointment when movie Alexander (inset) flopped.

Although the film is ten years old now it is clear that it still means a lot to him.

"Alexander was intense on every level - the makeup, the hair, the shoot - and it was an intense disappointment. It was a bomb," Colin said.

"But I would do it all over again. I stand by the movie and will to my dying day.

"If I did it again, I wouldn't be so intense, for the betterment of the film."

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