Former Irish bad boy Colin Farrell says getting sober saved his troubled career. In recent years his lifestyle has resembled a 1960's rock and roll star's more than that of a professional actor - and his career and public image suffered mightily as a result.

Directors thought twice before they cast him, even his fellow actors sometimes gave him a wide berth.
But that version of Colin Farrell is gone. The former party animal has turned into a devoted dad and reveals reveals that he gave up drinking so that he could focus on his acting career.
“I just wanted to stop. I was done with it, I was tired of it, I wanted to get off the treadmill,” Colin said yesterday. “Giving up alcohol has put more focus on my career. I’m a lot more appreciative over what I have,” he admits.
Picking up the Irish equivalent of an Oscar on Saturday night he publicly thanked his girlfriend Alicja Bachleda and he must have thanked himself for making smatter choices these days.Staying Sober Saved Colin Farrell's Career