Irish film star Colin Farrell has spoken about how he is now enjoying the quiet life after quitting drinking eight years ago.
The Phone Booth star has admitted in the past that he was a party animal in his younger days, often going on drug and alcohol fuelled benders that could last days.
However, now as he enters his late-30s, the Dublin born star is a far more predictable creature. Although he did admit that he does still have a few bad habits, most notably cheeseburgers. He said: “I love bad food. I love cheeseburgers. Just because I don’t drink doesn’t mean I live in extremes.”
He went on to speak about how he had to give up drinking when he did, and how he is fortunate to have done so without too much suffering: “When I got sober, it was time to get sober, I could have done it earlier and I would have saved a lot of money and a good deal of heartbreak, but I’m lucky enough to have made it anyway. Better late than never.
“I don’t take it for granted, “I don’t undermine how difficult it was, my own journey to getting sober and stuff. I’ve had eight years now, so I feel so locked in and it feels like a really different time. And I don’t miss it.
“I’m lucky not to miss it. I know people that have a longer period of sobriety than I do and they miss it every single day and it’s that much of a struggle for them. I’m very lucky not to miss it.”
Farrell has become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood in recent years. He won a Golden Globe for his part in the 2009 movie In Bruges, where he played an assassin crippled by guilt after accidentally killing a child. He is currently working on the romantic thriller The Lobster, in which he stars opposite Rachel Weisz.