Colin Farrell is a mystery man by every definition. His roles have ranged anywhere from a superhero villain to a cop to an ancient ruler, and his personal life has proven to be just as surprising as his professional life.
He spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about an unlikely friendship he made back in 2009 with iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor. Farrell remembered how he was in a hospital in Los Angeles awaiting the birth of his second child when he crossed paths with Taylor's manager.
"I said, 'Will you tell her I said hello, she probably won't know who I am,'" Farrell said, according to CBS News. "And they go, 'No, she knows who you are,' and I went, 'Wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best,' and they said, 'Will do.'"
Farrell said he then asked his publicist to send Taylor some flowers when he found she had already sent him a flower and note. So he asked if she would like to meet him.
"I got to have an audience with her," he explained. "That was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was a really cool."
The actors shared a lot in common, including a lifelong struggle with addiction, and the two became so close during their relationship that Farrell said they would talk at all hours of the night.
"She wasn't much of a sleeper at night, like I'm not, so at two o'clock in the morning, I'd call her," he said. "I'd call her at two in the morning, and the nurse would answer the phone, and I'd say, 'Is she awake?' And then I'd be on the phone and I'd hear, 'Hello?' And I'd go, 'How's it going?' And we'd talk for a half an hour, an hour, into the wee hours.
"it was kind of like the last — it feels like in my head, not her, I'm projecting, but the last kind of romantic relationship I had," he said.
And, in can you are wondering, Farrell added that the relationship "was never consummated."
But Farrell said the relationship went beyond a friendship, and he would have spent his life with her if given the chance.
"I just adored her. She was a spectacular, spectacular woman," he explained, (maybe) joking. "I wanted to be [husband] No. 8, but we ran out of road."
Farrell's newest role has him playing Mary Poppins' father in Saving Mr. Banks. You can see it in theaters now.
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