Colin Farrell tells story of his first meeting with Donald Sutherland
Irish star Colin Farrell gave a moving and hilarious speech to honour Hollywood legend Donald Sutherland.
The Dublin actor was speaking at the 2017 Grosvenor Award ceremony where Sutherland was presented with an Honorary Award for his services to the film industry.
Farrell told the story of the first time he met Sutherland and spoke about feeling in awe of the veteran actor.
He said: “The first time I met Donald was many moons ago and we were in Capetown in South Africa.
“We were shooting a film, or we were rehearsing or about to start rehearsing.
“I was in a car park at a makeshift production office and I looked over and saw the man and, like can happen sometimes when we’re familiar with people’s work over the years, I had a feeling that I knew him but yet I was intimidated as a result of that feeling.
“And as warm as Donald can be, he can be intimidating at times. He has that lion-like visage and he’s got a very elegant but giant stature and I said I’m going to go over and say hello to this man and pay my respects.
“I knew I was going to be working with him so I walked over and tapped him on the elbow and he turned around and said five words to me which I’ve never forgotten to this day and I’ve carried them around with me for whatever it was, 15 years. And he said, ‘Put out that f***ing cigarette’.
“Donald, you complete me.”
Farrell went on to praise Sutherland for the many brilliant films he has worked on over the decades.
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