Bad boy Colin Farrell questions word of his reform

Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:59pm EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish actor and tabloid favorite Colin Farrell says reports he is shedding his bad boy image are premature.

Entertainment Weekly wrote earlier in April that Farrell was turning a new leaf, quoting the actor saying, "I realized I'd lost sight of why I went into acting in the first place ... I had to go back and remember."

The article portrayed the 33-year-old Dubliner, in recovery from an addiction to painkillers, as a father of two working to soften his image, going so far as to appear on Sesame Street.

But Farrell -- equally at home on the gossip pages that cover his complicated love life as on the arts pages for movies from "Crazy Heart" to "Miami Vice" -- is not committing to personal reform.

"Other people have said that's what I have been trying to do," he said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday when asked to discuss reports he was shedding his bad boy image.

Farrell, regularly cited on sexiest man alive lists, is wearing his black hair long. He has bushy eyebrows, a goatee and is rake thin.

"I have never been quoted as saying that," he said, smoking a cigarette and discussing "Ondine," his latest movie, ahead of its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

"You live your life and people try to categorize how you live your life, and that's the job of the media to a certain extent.   Continued...