Colin Farrell says he almost gave up acting after the critical and financial failure of his movie Alexander.
Farrell starred in Oliver Stone‘s 2004 celluloid turkey (and we’re talking free range turkey, folks) alongside Angelina Jolie, which bombed at the box office and received a mauling by the critics.
Alexander grossed US$34 million domestically on a US$155 million budget.
Farrell tells WENN: “That was tough. I say tough relative to a charmed life, but I’m not going to apologise for how much it affected me emotionally and psychologically.
“I was going to walk away from acting. I couldn’t even buy a packet of cigarettes without feeling like I needed to say sorry to the guy behind the counter just in case he happened to see the thing.”
Things went further south when director Michael Mann‘s big-screen remake of hit TV series Miami Vice also tanked.
He adds, “I just completely fell to s*** on that one. It was literally the first time I couldn’t say to anyone around me, ‘Have I been late for work, have I missed any days, have I been hitting my marks?’ Because the answers would have been yes, yes, and no… I lost the ability to be confident that I could make a change myself.”
Farrell then trotted off to rehab to sort his baggage – drug and alcohol dependency.
It’s turkey time…