Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Great to Step in His Regal Shoes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Great to Step in His Regal Shoes

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Bad boy actor Colin Farrell stars in Alexander, in cinemas from today

Hard-drinking, fast living and with a somewhat controversial private life ( no wonder the boundaries become a little blurred when you look at actor Colin Farrell and his latest onscreen alter ego Alexander the Great.

To be fair, one was an ancient warrior king, the other is a movie star, but you can see what director Oliver Stone was thinking when he cast bad boy Colin in the lead of his epic new flick Alexander.

In just a few short years Dublin-born Colin has come from nowhere to steal the Hollywood crown. He's also earned a reputation as a wild, womanising party animal, and been likened to a young Oliver Reed.

And it's a reputation that doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest.

"It's not damaging to me," says the famously outspoken star. "I'm still here, five years on. I've done one of the biggest films of my career.

"I never tried to cultivate that though. There was never a plan, why would I plan anything? I haven't changed that much."

The versatile 28-year-old has certainly been through more than most in the past five years. It's almost impossible to believe now that he first came to our attention playing a shy farmhand in the saccharine TV series Ballykissangel.

After a year-long stint in the show, Hollywood beckoned and he'd barely landed there when he was offered starring roles in big budget films such as The Recruit alongside Al Pacino, Hart's War with Bruce Willis and Minority Report in which he memorably stole the show from Tom Cruise.

But it's Alexander which Colin believes has been the most important ( and toughest movie ( of his illustrious career so far, not least because he was put through his paces in boot camp.

"Maybe it's the toughest thing I'll ever do," he admits.

"There were a lot of tired and peeved boys in boot camp because we were jogging at six in the morning and doing physical training, then doing drills, military drills, battle formations and horse-riding."

It wasn't just boot camp that the hardy star had to contend with either. Colin admits he endured a somewhat volatile relationship with director Oliver Stone on set. …

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