Years before”The Batman” and “The Banshees of Inisherin”, Colin Farrell launched his career by collaborating in particular with Steven Spielberg, who directed him in “Minority Report”. An unforgettable experience for the actor, marked by a few complicated days.
A golden opportunity for Colin Farrell
After getting noticed in the excellent tigerland of Joel Schumacher, who will lock him up shortly afterwards in a New York telephone booth with Phone GameColin Farrell continues his impressive start to his career turning under the direction of one of the most famous American directors with Minority Report.
In 2002, Steven Spielberg tackles adaptation of the new Minority report by Philip K. Dick. A science fiction film in which the Irish actor almost did not participate, since his role was initially intended for another young actor on the rise. Asked by Yahoo! last June, 20 years after the release of the feature film, he explains:
I believe Matt Damon was originally supposed to take the role. It seems to me that there was a scheduling conflict. And I got a call from my agent saying, “Steven Spielberg wants to meet you.” Which shocked me, because I grew up watching Jaws, Dating of the Third Kind and IndianaJones. We sat down and talked. And we shared a sardine sandwich, which was enough for me. Even though I didn’t get the part, just sharing a sandwich with Steven Spielberg was exceptional.
But Colin Farrell inherits the role of Danny Witwer, an agent from the Department of Justice sent to test the reliability of Precrime. In 2054, this Washington-based organization prevented all murders for six years thanks to the precogs, beings with overdeveloped psychic abilities. Its leader, John Anderton (Tom Cruise), learns that he would be about to assassinate a certain Leo Crow in 36 hours. He thinks he is the victim of a set-up by Witwer and begins to investigate the case while his colleagues track him down.
A monstrous hangover during Minority Report
If he has since won a Golden Globe for Kisses from Bruges and collaborated with a multitude of renowned filmmakers like Terrence Malick (The new World), Michael Mann (miami vice), Woody Allen (Cassandra’s Dream) or even Steve McQueen (Widows), Minority Report remains a defining experience for Colin Farrell. The actor remembers in particular the “competitive” spirit of Tom Cruise, a very “physically involved” playing partner. He continues on his subject, always with Yahoo! :
I remember him walking on set and yelling, ‘Are we doing an action movie? So why can’t I hear anything?’
The actor isn’t about to forget the day of filming that followed his 25th birthday, either. Washed out and hungover after a sleepless night, Colin Farrell is then unable to recite a line of dialogue, even after more than fifty takes. Quoted by Mirrorthe actor says in 2019:
There have been a few complicated days. I asked the production in a burst of arrogance that they don’t make me work the day after my birthday. (…) I thought that a 100 million dollar film would at least accept this request. But I worked. It was a rough night and I hadn’t slept. The dialogue was: ‘I am sure that you have all grasped the fundamental paradox of the Precrime methodology’. I still remember it, 16 years later, because it caused me so much anxiety. It should be inscribed on my tombstone. My sister was on set that day and she had to leave after 56 takes. It was a disaster.
A disaster which fortunately did not slow down the rise of Colin Farrell.