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Colin Farrell on playing an alcoholic father

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 - 01:06

The Irish actor talks about not drawing on his own personal demons with drink when playing an alcoholic father in ''Saving Mr. Banks''. Rollo Ross reports.

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"Saving Mr. Banks" may be marketed as the story of Walt Disney and his battles with "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers but in the movie, a second story is told about the writer as a child and her feverish adoration of her father, whose health is failing because of his alcoholism. Colin Farrell plays the role of the father, and has admitted in the past to having problems with alcohol and now no longer drinks. So how was it for him to undertake such a character? (SOUNDBITE) Actor Colin Farrell (English), saying: "It's fine, it's fine because you know, if you were to meet 40 people that have problems with booze, they'd have 40 different stories, so you know you don't bring your personal stuff in. Having said that you don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Anything any of us have ever experienced. Everything you experienced in your life went into the interview we had earlier on, not in a deep way, but it informs who you are and how you carry yourself etc etc, so I'm sure my experiences are in there somewhere but it was another life I was telling and looking at so you try to respect that and try not to bring some of your own stuff into it or it could get messy."

Colin Farrell on playing an alcoholic father

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 - 01:06

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