Colin Farrell’s movie Dead Man Down just opened in the U.K., and though it was a pretty colossal failure over here in March with just under $11 million in earnings, maybe it’ll pick up a few more bucks across the ocean to make that number a bit more respectable.
The film was such a disappointment that the WWE, which partly financed the production, reported its first quarter profits were down pretty substantially thanks in part to Dead Man Down being dead on arrival. The wrestling empire took a $4.7 million hit on the flick, a big reason why its profits nose-dived from $15.3 million in the same quarter last year to just $3 million for 2013. That’s a mighty big smackdown!
In doing some new promo for the film, Farrell discussed with the Daily Mail his fond memories of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, who he struck up a friendship with late in her life. The much married actress passed away in 2011.
They first met by chance, Farrell said. His son Henry by Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus was being born in Los Angeles in October of 2009. ET was in the hospital at the same time for a heart procedure, and Farrell met some of her friends.
“I was at the hospital when Henry was being born, and about an hour or two before he came into the world I went for a smoke, and a couple of guys came in and said they were with Elizabeth Taylor, and I said, ‘Oh, is she all right?’” Farrell recalled.
“They said, ‘She’s fine, she’s just having a stent put in her heart, it’s no big deal.’ I said, ‘Tell her I said hello, although she probably won’t know who I am,’ and they said, ‘Oh, she knows who you are all right,’ which was one of the most pleasing things I’d ever heard in my life.”
She was also one step ahead of Farrell when it came to formalizing their friendship. The Dublin actor asked his publicist to send Taylor a bunch of flowers, but as it turned out she beat him to the punch, sending him a bouquet to congratulate him on Henry’s birth.
Calling his relationship with Taylor “the most unique friendship I’ve ever had,” Farrell remembered many middle of the night phone calls to his new pal.
“I used to call her at 3 a.m. because I sleep at crazy hours and she was an erratic sleeper, too. She was a great friend and a faithful friend and, oh, I loved her,” he said.
One thing Farrell definitely doesn’t love is guns, always a topic of conversation in these parts.
“I don’t want one,” he said. “I wouldn’t trust myself to have a gun. What if I got drunk again? What if my heart is broken and I go crazy for a bit, or, even worse, what if I forget to lock my gun away somewhere safe and someone has an accident? I forget my car keys all the time, so why not that?
“Americans say, ‘Oh, but it’s our constitutional right, we’re all grown-ups, give us guns.’ Well, don’t give me a gun, because I’m a human being!”