‘Thirteen Lives’ on Amazon Prime Video: How Colin Farrell's rejection from 'Boyzone' turned him on to drugs

Had he been selected into the band, the actor, known for films such as 'The Batman', would be in a very different place today


                            ‘Thirteen Lives’ on Amazon Prime Video: How Colin Farrell's rejection from 'Boyzone' turned him on to drugs
Colin Farrell attends the premiere of Amazon Prime Video's 'Thirteen Lives' at Westwood Village Theater on July 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
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Amazon Prime Video’s highly anticipated film ‘Thirteen Lives' is all set to release globally on Friday, August 5, 2022. Based on a real-life story, this survival film is about a soccer coach and twelve boys who get stuck in the Tham Luang cave system when they decide to go exploring. A group of professional divers are called in to rescue these thirteen people from the cave. The film stars the ‘Miami Vice’ alum Colin Farrell in the role of John Volanthen.

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The film is directed by Oscar award-winning director Ron Howard. The Golden Globe award winning star plays a cave diver whose discovery of the missing football team is one of the high points of the film. Volanthen had swum to the surface after running out of rope, only to find the kids and their adult coach staring back at him. Furthermore, along with other cave divers from around the world, Volanthen would execute their bold plan to sedate the boys before getting them to safety.

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Colin is known for giving some of his finest performances in films like ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Fright Night,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ and so on. But very few people might know that the star was battling drug addiction even before his Hollywood career took off. One of the reasons he spiraled out was being rejected by iconic boyband ‘Boyzone’ during auditions.

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Colin fell deep into drugs after rejection from Boyzone

According to an Elpais.com article dated March 24, 2022, Colin's acting career wasn’t an accident. Rather, he had initially auditioned to become a singer for ‘Boyzone’ in 1993 when he was just 17. The rejection, as he would later confess, pushed him into his first drug spiral. He had opened up about his addiction and spoke about it extensively for a Radio Times interview earlier (the piece has been deleted ever since).

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Colin Farrell has spoken about his drug addiction in the past (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

 

Colin's career would have taken a different direction had he been accepted into the boyband, but thankfully, his acting chops were better than his singing skills. 

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Colin Farrell would have been in a completely different place had he been accepted into the popular boyband 'Boyzone' (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

What was Colin Farrell's acting debut?

According to a Looper.com article dated November 12, 2021, while attending the Gaiety School of Acting in his hometown Dublin, Colin landed his first role as Danny Byrne on the BBC drama series ‘Ballykissangel’, which aired between 1996 and 2001. The show follows a young English Roman Catholic priest who is transferred to the fictional village of Ballykissangel in Ireland. Colin played one of the locals.

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Colin Farrell made his debut as an actor with BBC Drama series 'Ballykissangel' in which he portrayed a villager (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Colin Farrell’s big break with ‘The War Zone’ in 1999

Colin made his big screen debut in the Tim Roth film ‘The War Zone’ in 1999. The film follows a family in the UK struggling with a dark secret. He went on to star in much bigger Hollywood projects in the early 2000s, including ‘Minority Report,’ ‘Phone Booth,’ ‘The Recruit,’ ‘Daredevil,’ and ‘S.W.A.T.’

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Colin Farrell debuted as a mainstream actor with the 1999 film 'The War Zone' directed by Tim Roth (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)