The Evolution of Colin Farrell: From ‘Tigerland’ to ‘The Lobster’ (Photos)
Irish actor has never shied away from tough and complex roles
Joe Otterson | June 29, 2016 @ 11:07 PM
Last Updated: June 29, 2016 @ 11:28 PM
"Ballykissangel" (1998-99)Farrell's big break came playing villager Danny Byrne in the Irish TV series.
"Tigerland" (2000)In his first U.S. starring role, Farrell played a draftee in 1971 going through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, aka Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, the last stop for soldiers heading to Vietnam.
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"American Outlaws" (2001)The Dublin-born actor got his first big exposure with American audiences playing Jesse James in 2001's "American Outlaws"
"Minority Report" (2002)Farrell sealed his movie star status when he co-starred with Tom Cruise in 2002 Steven Spielberg film, "Minority Report."
"Daredevil" (2003)He went on to shave his head for a villainous turn in the 2003 film adaptation of Marvel's "Daredevil."
"Alexander" (2004)After a string of hits, Farrell bombed spectacularly in Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great biopic.
"Miami Vice"Farrell teamed up with Jamie Foxx in the 2006 film remake of "Miami Vice."
"In Bruges" (2006)His role as a remorseful hitman in the critically acclaimed 2008 black comedy "In Bruges" garnered cult status.
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"Horrible Bosses" (2011)Farrell let his comedic side shine through as abusive boss Bobby Pellitt in "Horrible Bosses."
"Total Recall" (2012)In the 2012 remake of "Total Recall," Farrell took over the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1990.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
In John Lee Hancock's drama, Farrell plays the imaginative but alcoholic father of "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers -- an Australian ne'er-do-well whom she idealizes despite his flaws.
"True Detective" (2015)Returning to TV, Farrell plays corrupt Det. Ray Velcoro in Season 2 of the HBO anthology series "True Detective"
The Lobster (2016)
Farrell stars in this art-house hit about a just-dumped man in a society where he has 45 days to find his true love or be turned into an animal of his choice.