Colin Farrell Interview: “I grew up with three very strong and brilliant and kind and smart women – my mother and my two sisters.”

CANNES – Colin Farrell has never had so much fun on or off the set as he is having now. Once a Hollywood superstar who nearly partied his way to oblivion, the Irish heartthrob has found true happiness as an indie darling. His work in True Detective and last year’s The Lobster is proof positive that he can take on anything that art house directors can throw at him.

His new film, however, is a partial return to mainstream filmmaking. In Sofia Coppola’s civil war drama, THE BEGUILED, a loose remake of the original 1971 Clint Eastwood classic, Farrell plays a wounded soldier from the North forced to hide out at a private girls’ school in the South. Taking on the Eastwood role, Colin has no difficult generating ample sexual tension between himself and the school’s three lustful women played by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.

Screened in the Competition at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, The Beguiled earned generally enthusiastic reviews while earning Coppola the prize for best director, only the second time in the history of the festival that the director award has gone to a woman. She chose Farrell partly for what she described as his “bad boy” aura and the result is a bodice-ripping, sex-charged Gothic triumph.

“It was an amazing experience to shoot this film,” Farrell said during his Cannes stopover. “I grew up with three very strong and brilliant and kind and smart women – my mother and my two sisters – and being surrounded on this film by these incredibly talented and smart and insightful and curious women – I felt really spoiled.”

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