[Movies] Colin Farrell Says He Enjoyed Playing a Different Sort of Character in Saving Mr. Banks Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.11.2013
Farrell talks about the Disney film...
Colin Farrell recently spoke about his role in Saving Mr. Banks, which opens in limited release this weekend. Check out the highlights:
On having the opportunity to play a new sort of character: "Yeah, you know, I never really realize how to classify the things that I find unique about a script that I may read, that feels like it's new or fresh. But I certainly knew it was something that I hadn't done before, I knew it was a very different character and a very different set of circumstances that the character found himself in. That for sure — you kind of throw the baby out with the bathwater — that was one of the reasons why I loved it. It was just such a well-drawn script. Every single character was so well-defined, down to the two Sherman Brothers and how different they were, and yet how similar they were in a certain kind of intellectual aesthetic. I just loved it, and I loved Travers' journey. There was a certain lyrical poetry to it, and there was a certain weight and depth of pain to it all as well, but at the same time there was constantly — through the pain and the sickness and the death — there was constantly this light that was trying to get through the clouds, that was there at the start, that was bursting through the clouds on all sides at the start when you meet him first, and you see him like an ideal father. Then bit by bit the cloud cover got more dense and more dense, and the light just couldn't make it through. I did love the journey of him, yeah."
On the character being like Peter Pan if he had never grown up: "That's the trouble. The world of the imagination that is such a profoundly fertile and glorious world to inhabit, which is something that I see in my kids and we see in all kids, it's something that I don't think you have to fully say goodbye to. But you have to come to the understanding that can't live in it all the time, as a grown adult, in this world with what society demands of you...And it does destroy people, it does, absolutely. It's a bittersweet thing to have to walk away from, because if you have to walk away from it — and that's why we don't have rights of passage now, we don't have anything that allows — I talk about a man, because I am one — allows a man to realize when he's leaving a particular period of his life and he's entering the more mature period, the next stage of his life. We have none of that, so we all bumble fecklessly with the lines being blurred between "Am I a boy, am I a child, am I a teenager, preteen, prepubescent, post-pubescent — what the f—" you know? "Grown man, late teens? When am I supposed to? Is 22 too late to be on the piss? 27, have I missed the boat? Am I supposed to be married?" It's all very confusing, and that's a lovely thing as well, because as human beings we have choice. But sometimes that choice is taken to the umpteenth degree and it becomes something that is destructive. I think in Travers' case, obviously he made the choice to be married and have a family, and he loves his family dearly, and they mean the world to him, but he couldn't ever find within him the ability to compromise, to do a job that maybe he doesn't like — like so many people do, by the way — and do that and see somehow, even the ugly privilege maybe, because he doesn't like his job, but the ugly privilege of being able to provide for his family and then have pastimes of maybe poetry or reading groups, a few drinks at the end of the day. But he couldn't say goodbye to the party, couldn't let go of the past."
On how much he knew about the real-life story before taking the role: "Very little. I certainly didn't know anything about the film and the abrasiveness that was the creative process in trying to bring it from book to screen. I had no idea it was as volatile an environment as it seemed, 20 years of trying and two weeks of unbridled hell in those rooms at Disney Studios. Richard Sherman will tell you if you speak to him, it was really, really tough."