At first, his much-publicized penchant for booze and smoking was charming—here was a new generation of Hollywood bad boy.But after a while, the louche lifestyle became a little too overexposed, like his clavicle in the deep v-necks he favored. Terrence Malick cast him as John Smith in his 17-century epic, and Farrell had so enchanted the great screenwriter Robert Towne he was given the part of Arturo Bandini in Towne's adaptation of John Fante's classic Ask the Dust.But Dust bit it, and critics weren't ready for The New World and blamed Farrell.Then came the Titanic of machismo, Michael Mann's Miami Vice, and the ultimate in overexposure, a sex tape with a Playboy playmate.The scene at the film's end, where the grandfather has a heart-to-heart talk with the boy, is wonderful, and very "authentic." The director, Mark Rydell, did a terrific job.
Or Cruise as Damon's junkie soldier in Courage Under Fire, as Will Hunting, or as The Informant?
I personally rank this film, based on William Faulkner's last novel, among my favorites.
Not that I would rank it as a "great" film, but it's a lot of fun.
Film critic-turned-filmmaker Rob Lurie once said of Oliver Stone that he'd made two of the best movies of all time and two of the worst.
Similarly damning praise might be heaped on Colin Farrell, who has always been willing to put it all on the line—in films good and bad.