Top Seven… Colin Farrell psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

We love a bit of Colin Farrell. One of us two Rosses even shared a plane with him once. But that’s a story for another day. A day when you want to hear a really boring story about meeting Colin Farrell at the luggage carousel in an airport. For now, in honour of his new movie, Seven Psychopaths, we look back at some of the previous loose cannons he’s played down the years. Warning: chances are this article contains a lot of clips of an Irishman swearing. For once, it’s not Ross McD.

7. Pride and Glory (2008)

When you have to share the screen with Edward Norton, psycho is the only way to go if you want to upstage him. But did Colin’s crazy Jimmy Egan have to do it while holding a scalding hot iron over a baby to get information from a suspect? Probably not. Not so much ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine as ‘off-his-nut cop with very dangerous clothes-smoothing device’ routine.

6. Horrible Bosses (2011)

The problem with Horrible Bosses was that there wasn’t enough of Bobby Pellitt in it. Oh yeah, and that most of the film was a bit of a turd. But the bits with Farrell’s comb-overed cretinous employer are great. He’s a man with great goals… ‘I dreamed of being on a beach with a model serving me tropical drinks, that’s what I dreamed of.’

5. Total Recall (2012)

Oh yeah, sure Mr Quaid. You think you’re reliving an Arnie movie from more than 20 years ago… cuckoo!

4. Alexander (2004)

What a mess Oliver Stone’s depiction of Alexander the Great is. But there’s something terrifically hypnotic about it. Maybe it’s Farrell’s hair. Maybe it’s the way he plays Alexander as a whiny Dublin teenager. Alexander… what a head-the-ball. So who better than Farrell to play him. Come on, the film could have been worse… imagine if they had got Orlando Bloom.

3. In Bruges (2008)

Farrell is always best when playing a non-PC type. They don’t get much more non-PC than bumbling hitman Ray from In Bruges. Short people, fat people, Belgians, the disabled… Ray is an equal opportunities offender.

2. Intermission (2003)

If you thought Irish cinema began with The Commitments and ended with Into The West you’d have forgotten about Intermission, an absolute cracker of a film. And it has an absolute cracker of an opening scene. This time Farrell is Lehiff, who isn’t quite the sweet talker you might expect him to be. Like the U2 song in the background, he’s completely Out Of Control.

1. Daredevil (2003)

Another dud redeemed somewhat by Farrell’s mere presence. Here he is Irish villain Bullseye, who likes darts. Is that it? Aw alright, what the hell. The u2 theme continues here, as it’s pretty clear Farrell based the character on The Edge.



2 Responses to “Top Seven… Colin Farrell psychopaths”

  1. Brilliant list! Colin Farrell is such an underrated actor in my opinion!

  2. In Bruges, is one of my favorite dark comedies. I think Colin Farrell is a scream and would love to sit in a pub and have some shots with him. 7 psychos was funny, too. That he can laugh at himself by playing diverse characters from Departed to In Bruges is great.

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