Up and coming English actor Ben Barnes has said that he hopes his career will be as successful as Colin Farrell’s.
The star of the new film “Dorian Gray” said that both he and the famous Irish actor started their careers with less-than-desirable jobs, which is why he looks to Farrell for inspiration.
"Oh yeah, of course I've mopped up sick in nightclubs before but I'm comforted by the fact that Colin Farrell auditioned for Boyzone – he's just a brilliant actor and someone whose professional life I admire," Barnes told the Britain’s Press Association.
"If my career can go anywhere near that I'll be happy."
Barnes himself used to sing for a boyband, Hyrise, before hitting it big with his starring role in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”
"I'd be a moron if I didn't recognize that being in a film like that helped me to get the other roles I wanted to be involved with,” the 28-year-old actor said.
The Englishman is currently reprising his role as Caspian in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
"We've been rehearsing and training with swords so it's very exciting,” he said. “I'm the king now and it's good to be the king!"
Barnes’ movie “Dorian Gray,” a new film adaptation of Irish writer Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, is now playing in Britain, and will soon hit U.S. theaters.
Barnes plays Dorian, a man who’s obsessed with his youth and beauty, which is captured in a portrait. The picture of Dorian Gray ages with every sin the man commits, yet the man himself remains untouched by time.
The film co-stars Colin Firth and Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who plays evil Aunt Petunia in the “Harry Potter” series.