It's been a good few years for Hollywood's playboy, Colin Farrell — from starring in thrilling satire The Lobster and the second series of wildly popular TV show True Detective, to scoring the part of Percival Graves in this year's Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Yet, there's still a load of information regarding the Irish actor you probably have zero clue about. So, in honor of his 40th birthday, let's take a look at some of the lesser known facts about Colin Farrell...
1. He auditioned to be part of a famous Irish Boy Band
Yup, before he found his big break on the big screen, Farrell wanted to be part of the infamous '90s band, Boyzone. You can let their above hit, "When the Going Gets Tough," guide you through this article if you so desire.
2. He was once suspected of attempted murder!
While travelling in Sydney, Australia, an 18-year-old Farrell was suspected for attempted murder — even the police sketch apparently looked remarkably like him. However, he found an alibi in the form of his friend's diary which explained that they'd spent the night hopping around the town popping MDMA!
You can watch Vince Vaughn lose his mind over the revelation below:
And watch the "True Confessions" piece Vaughn references here.
3. He works for a number of charitable causes
Once a spokesman for the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China, he's lent support to anti-bullying campaigns such as Stand Up! organised by BeLonG, the LGBT+ youth organisation. In 2015, he became Ambassador to Homeless World Cup, a charity which uses street football with an aim to inspire the homeless to change their lives.
4. He was a 'Dark Twisted Puppy'...claimed his stalker
While being interviewed by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2006, telephone sex-worker Dessarae Bradford evaded security, snook on stage and threw a copy of her self-published book at him. Farrell got a restraining order and she made the below bizarre AF recording:
5. His career was inspired and saved by Stephen Spielberg
Reportedly moved to tears by Spielberg's classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, it was this movie which spurred Farrell into an acting career - which was essentially a stream of flops until 2002's critically acclaimed Minority Report.
6. 2003 was his sexiest year
He appeared in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and bagged 6th place in Company Magazine's "The World's Sexiest Man of 2003."
7. He's been linked to some of Hollywood's most famous — and foxiest — faces
Carmen Electra, Elle Macpherson, Rosario Dawson, Salma Hayek, Linsday Lohan, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Demi Moore...just to name a few!
8. He was considered for the part of James Bond in Casino Royale
Obviously losing out to Daniel Craig
9. He thinks going to the gym is a "waste of life"
Once referring to training for movie roles as a total bore:
"I find it the most tedious waste of life. It's so boring. I'd prefer to be sitting in a pub with a few strangers talkin' shit than looking at meself in the mirror runnin' on the treadmill."
He is, however (and surprisingly), a keen yoga bunny:
"I was suspicious for a bit. I remember thinking about six months into not drinking 'fuck, I bet you I'm going to start doing fucking yoga at some stage. Next thing I'll be a vegan'. I remember feeling embarrassed about this new health buzz that I was getting into bit by bit... I was at home in the garden with a cup of tea and I had nothing to do. Will I go and see a film? No, I'll go and do fucking yoga. For me, walking into a yoga studio was mortifying. It was like walking into a guitar shop or a motor bike shop - instant inferiority complex, when you're not part of the gang. But I took a class and haven't looked back since... You spend so much time in your head in life. And what yoga does is, it asks you to allow your head to be quiet, to allow it to be still, just for an hour and a half. Just deal with your body and your breath. And it's a great workout. I love it."
10. His Playboy model ex-girlfriend once leaked a 13 minute sex tape
Nicole Narain and Internet Commerce Group distributed the sex tape, without authorization, back in 2003 and thus Farrell filed a lawsuit. The tape is still circulating around the net so if you want to hear the In Bruges actor scream, "Aw, the battery's dead...so is my fucking cock," from a Valley bedroom then go search for it yourself, you perve.