Mr Colin Farrell forged his career on big-hitting, macho lead roles (Phone Booth, Alexander, Miami Vice). But following films such as 2008 indie hit In Bruges and the low-budget Crazy Heart, the Irish actor has found form character acting in smaller pictures over the past decade. And it seems to suit him. It certainly suits Mr Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director who cast him in The Lobster – his bold, bizarre and critically acclaimed 2015 film that provided Mr Farrell and his deadpan performance with a Golden Globe nomination. If you have seen The Lobster (also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), you will have a sense of the world in which director Mr Lanthimos operates. You may have also seen Dogtooth, which deals brutally with the family dynamic. It’s a bleak and almost nihilistic viewpoint. And, in Mr Colin Farrell, the director has found a leading man who understands it. In their latest collaboration, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Mr Farrell plays a surgeon whose family is put under a murderous spell. It has all the hallmarks of a Mr Lanthimos movie – uncomfortable, deadpan dialogue, unexplained plot nuances, and macabre plotting – and is perhaps his darkest yet. Before the film’s release this week, we grabbed Mr Farrell for a quick chat, during which he spoke of his love of working with Mr Lanthimos and why he could never be a surgeon in real life.
Do you have to be a fan of Mr Lanthimos’ to act in his films?