Farrell says he's finally over "Alexander" flop

Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:19pm EDT
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By Silvia Aloisi

ROME (Reuters) - Hollywood stars don't usually like to talk about their professional flops, especially when not asked about them.

But Colin Farrell defied his "bad boy" reputation on Tuesday by speaking about his disappointment with the poor reviews and box office sales of "Alexander," Oliver Stone's 2004 film in which the actor played the bleached-blond conqueror.

The admission was all the more surprising as it came after gushing praise by a news conference moderator at the Rome film festival, who said he had seen Farrell calm an agitated horse on the set of Alexander by talking to it.

"Alexander hurt, you know -- and again people are going to say 'Get over it, you were well paid' and all that. But Alexander hurt," Farrell told reporters.

"The response that it got was really painful and all of us got a really hard time, and I didn't come across too well either in the majority of reviews and even with the audiences -- people did not respond to it.

"It was a film that was made to be seen by many people. Not many people saw it and they weren't particularly fond of it, and that was s----, it was really s----," he said.

Farrell, along with co-stars Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer, was nominated for worst actor for his portrayal of the ancient Greek military leader at the 2005 Razzie awards, which recognize what its organizers deem the worst films of the year.

The film, with a budget estimated at $155 million, grossed $34 million at home, said tracking site www.boxofficemojo.com.   Continued...

<p>Colin Farrell smiles at the premiere of "In Bruges" at the Eccles theatre on the opening day of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>