HE has put his bad-boy ways behind him to focus on his children, but Colin Farrell has admitted he still finds fatherhood “intense”.
The True Detective star (38), who is a doting dad to 11-year-old James and five-year-old Henry, said “the kids are my life”.
“There are so many things in life that are intense,” he said.
“Being a father is very intense, the birth of a child is very intense, losing people you love. Life is a series of significantly profound experiences that befall us.
“Some are disappointments and some are an opportunity for celebration”.
The Dubliner has embraced fatherhood and has even turned down multi-million dollar roles to spend more time with his children.
In April, it was revealed through leaked emails from Sony that the former Ballykissangel star had said no to a role alongside Sasha Baron Cohen in the comedy Grimsby so he could be with his family.
“He would have had no time at all with his kids and they are the most important thing in the world to him,” Farrell’s manager Ilene Feldman wrote in an e mail to Sony while the father-of-two was being pursued by the studio.
The Lobster star also admitted he has put his love life on hold to be a good dad to his young sons.
“I am a good boy these days,” he told Style magazine.
“I haven’t dated for four years now. It’s just not happening, what with the work, the children and my life.
“When you have children, it’s not all about you any more, which is a relief. It’s about a bigger world, and helping them find their place in it.”
The Castleknock native also admitted he is happy to have lived down his old reputation as a party animal.
“It’s not about ‘me, me, me, the loudmouth’ any more,” he said.
“That takes the pressure off me to live up to those old expectations.”