NEWS — 02 December 2013

By staff reporter

Saving Mr Banks actor Colin Farrell has said his major regret was talking about his heroin use in a 2004 interview with Playboy.

In a candid interview in GQ, Farrell says the throwaway remark was one that would come back to haunt him.

“You have to be careful, because you know in Playboy I talked about a particular drug I had used once, and I said the line “it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

“I wasn’t saying that it was ever a good idea, but years later I was coming out of a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles and I bumped into a gentleman who was without a home, [living] on the streets. And he said to me, “Colin Farrell? Oh man, big fan. You’re the reason I did,” – and he mentioned the drug.

“He wasn’t angry with me. He just said,’I read a Playboy interview you did and you said it ‘seemed like a good idea at the time.’

“It was on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz where I live, about six years ago. I remember getting into my car and going, I know we all say ‘I don’t want to be an example’ and I certainly would never hold myself up as an example, but to not know that at times people are going to get swayed [anyway].”

Elsewhere in the interview, the actor who is now teetoal said his children were his saving grace, and that he refused to become the Hollywood cliché of the absent parent.

“My best advice? Just turn up,” he said. “Just be there. In being there you can make loads of mistakes – any mistakes you make as a parent are pretty much fine, but the worst mistake you can make is to not be there. I have to be careful, because actors are people who work on the road, to not just spend my life in hotels and away.

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