Colin Farrell has opened up about his unlikely friendship with the late great Elizabeth Taylor.
The actor, who was one of the few outsiders to attend Taylor’s funeral last week, tells Access Hollywood about how they became close friends in the year and a half before she died.
“How did we become friends? You know, the old story of boy meets girl, and boy pesters girl with too many phone calls at inappropriate hours of the night,” Farrell told Access.
Taylor first revealed ther friendship in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar in an interview conducted by Kim Kardashian.
“I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell – both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range,” the Dame said.
Farrell says he feels grateful for knowing Taylor, “I was just lucky enough to become her friend in the last year and a half.
“I adore her… still.”
Taylor had requested Farrell to read the poem The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo by Gerard Manley Hopkins at her funeral.
Farrell said someone else passed along the request and said it was an offer he just couldn’t refuse.
He says he felt “sad and honoured” when he was asked.
“Elizabeth chose it. It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks,” he says.
“I just miss her; I just miss her; I just miss her.”
A sign of a true friendship.
Taylor died last week of congestive heart failure at the age of 79 after a long colourful career.