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Monday 22 September 2014

Colin Farrell: I was out of control

Colin Farrell says he got clean so he could be a good dad

Colin Farrell has revealed that becoming a father inspired him to give up drugs.

The Saving Mr Banks star, who plays alcoholic Travers Goff in the Disney drama, admitted that he was inspired to seek help for his addiction to drinking and drugs, so he could be a good dad.

He told Irish TV show, The Late Late Show: "I'd gotten out of control - for years I could indulge in certain things... I had quite a high tolerance for various drugs for years, I thought. It accumulated to the point where I couldn't put my foot on the brake any more."

The 37-year-old decided to follow his family's advice to go to rehab when he felt his body was "dying", after shooting Miami Vice in 2005.

"Miami Vice wrapped... and I was put on a plane and sent to rehab," he recalled.

Colin, who is a father-of-two, said his problems began when he was 19, and the addiction - which was "already something that was in" him - escalated when he moved to the US. It wasn't until his stint in rehab that he finally curbed his addiction.

The actor previously opened up about his decision to get clean with Jonathan Ross in 2008, talking about his "nightmare" experience sobering up when he first entered treatment.

"I began to come out of the haze that I was in and had burrowed myself into so deeply," he said on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.

"Basically, I'd been fairly drunk or high since I was 14. I was very drunk and high for 16 years, so it was a tough life change, and I was dying. I'm one of the lucky ones."

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