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Colin Farrell
Actor, A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Sexy star Colin Farrell plays gay! Here he is, in a lip-quivering group hug of a film, reeking with empathy about two gay guys, a woman and a baby... Colin models a lumberjack wardrobe and pert hairstyling apparently inspired by the covers of old Edmund White novels. The effect is about as convincing as Bernard Manning playing Jean Genet.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Actor, Alexander (2004)
Farrell, clearly out of his depth, seems less a leader of men than a Hellenistic James Dean.
(J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader)
Farrell plays all this as if he means it, but he seems slight in the role and without great physical presence. In a scene in which Alexander is roaring at his troops to rouse them to battle, he sounds like Mighty Mouse pretending to be Superman.
(Jack Mathews, New York Daily News)
We gaze at Colin Farrell, in the leading role, and wonder if Alexander was impelled to reach the limits of the known world purely in order to forget the tragedy of his wig.
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
A major part of Anthony Hopkinsís role, as the narrator Ptolemy, is to act as Alexanderís posthumous PR man and persuade us at every available moment of his greatness. The diminutive Colin Farrell undermines this by portraying Alexander as a snivelling hysteric who doesnít get on with his parents. Heís not so much impressively imperial as pointlessly petulant, like Elton John throwing a series of hissy fits. Colin Farrell roaring his head off strikes as ludicrous a figure as Kylie Minogue essaying the role of Margaret Thatcher. Farrell is many things, but a blond he ainít, His eyebrows stand throughout the picture as a mousy rebuke to the series of tousled, golden fright-wigs perched precariously above them.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Colin Farrell is woefully miscast as Alexander: with his blond hair and mascara, he looks like he stumbled out of a boyband.
(Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)
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