Colin Farrell: Screen time is a ‘curse’ for children

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has said the use of screens in children’s lives has become a “curse”.

The Dumbo star is working again after taking a nine-month break from acting to spend time with his sons, aged 15 and nine.

Talking about his movie hiatus, he told The Jonathan Ross Show: “I try to keep up with them two fellas. I go to work for a rest.

“They’re the loves of my life but they’re intense little lads. School runs, baths, lunches, maybe the odd hike, films and stuff.”

He added: “The advance of technology is a curse. For me as a dad, iPads are a curse.

“I’m guilty as well because if I want half an hour to have a bit of breath and be left alone in the house …  it’s so easy and it just becomes kind of a surrogate parent.”

The Irish star joked that his children were delighted to see him return to work, saying: “They were done. They packed my bags.

“They were like ‘OK, bye’. I said ‘I’ll FaceTime you’.”

But his children replied: “‘No, no, no don’t worry about it. Go and have your experience, we’ll be here when you get back’.”

Dumbo is one of the first film projects Farrell’s children have been able to watch, but the actor said: “My nine-year-old wasn’t so impressed when I told him I was doing Dumbo, I thought I’d get brownie points. I just think he thought a flying elephant was uncool.”

Farrell also talked about his decision not to drink alcohol, saying: “I had a little look at one stage, but it was made patently obvious to me that I probably should stay off it.”

Comedians Jimmy Carr and Lolly Adefope, boxing champion Nicola Adams and Hollywood star Danny DeVito are also on the show.

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on ITV on Saturday at 10pm.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Robbie Williams: ‘Hugh Jackman is a real potent force’

Calling all aspiring filmmakers and photographers to Cork this June

When war gets absurd: George Clooney returns to the small screen with Catch-22

Sam Mendes films in Glasgow with Mark Strong and George MacKay after Tony win

More in this Section

Sherif accuses Love Island bosses of ‘unconscious bias’ over gender and race

David Tennant and Hayley Atwell cast in new Netflix drama Criminal

OJ Simpson denies that he is Khloe Kardashian’s dad in Father’s Day video

Michael Barrymore: It’s not for me to decide on comeback


Does your garden feel a bit too exposed? 7 solutions to stop nosy neighbours spoiling summer

5 stylish ways to wear white head-to-toe

How to out-smart hay fever this summer

All the biggest moments you missed from men’s fashion week in Milan

More From The Irish Examiner