Total Recall‘s Colin Farrell talks family and fitness

Aug 3, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. ET

Colin Farrell has always been easy to look at, but the actor is even sexier in his role as an undercover agent gone rogue in Total Recall. The Irish hunk tells us what he did to shape up for the part.

Colin Farrel in Total Recall

Once known as a Hollywood "bad boy," Colin Farrell seems to have changed his ways, now opting to hit the gym instead of the club.

"Working out is something that I’ve learned to enjoy in the past couple of years," Farrell told SheKnows at the press day for his new flick, Total Recall. "I love it."

And his hard work is certainly paying off. Farrell looked as fit as ever playing secret agent stud "Hauser" in the remake of the 1990 classic, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I had about four months [to train]. I went to the gym every day and I hit the bag," he told us. "I got really fast jogging. I was never a long distance runner but I got the mile down to a good time. I ate really well, slept loads, and kept sugar out of my diet."

And it seems Farrell is sticking to that regimen. The 36-year-old actor is repeatedly spotted taking classes at Hollywood’s hot spinning studio, Soul Cycle, and was drinking a "roots" juice during our interview from L.A.’s popular Pressed Juicery.

So what caused the change in his behavior? It seems family and friends are more important to Farrell these days than the Hollywood social scene.

"We are daily looking for meaning in our lives, looking for where you fit into the grand scheme of things," said Farrell.

Farrell said he finds meaning in his kids, relationships, and "fellow humanoids." Colin has two sons, 9-year-old James and 2-year old Henry.

Though his comments may seem oddly deep coming from an action hero, Farrell explains that the film isn’t just a "shoot em' up" flick.

"It was first and foremost a big action film, but there was plenty of existential questioning that I could afford myself as an actor, about the nature of personality and character and the relevance of history and background," said Farrell. "The whole story is about him looking to confirm to himself who he is."

Be sure to catch Colin Farrell in Total Recall, in theaters today!

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Photo credit: Columbia Pictures/Michael Gibson