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Just when we thought Colin Farrell couldn't get any hotter, we find out he can sing.
Not only does the Irish hunkster do his own singing playing a country music star in the much-buzzed-about Crazy Heart, but he actually has a pretty darn good voice, too.
"No one had heard him sing until he recorded with [composer and producer] T-Bone, but we assumed if he took the role that he probably could pull it off or he wouldn't have accepted the role," Crazy Heart producer Judy Cairo told us last night at the movie's L.A. premiere. "His agent didn't even know he could sing."
The indie flick centers on an alcoholic country star has-been (Jeff Bridges) who falls in love with a local newspaper reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
In one scene, Farrell and Bridges sing together onstage at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, N.M. "They both have great voices," Cairo said. "In fact, it was Colin's second day working with us and we brought him in and threw him onstage in front of 12,000 people and said, 'Sing!' He was a trouper. He did an amazing job."
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But don't go looking for Farrell's name in the credits. He asked that his name be left out. Not only did filmmakers want his appearance to be a surprise, but Farrell "also didn't want to take the spotlight off of Jeff," Cairo said. "Obviously this is Jeff's movie and…if Colin was more in front of it, Jeff would have to share the spotlight a little bit. He wanted to give kudos and credit to Jeff."
And we can attest to that. We've seen the movie. If Bridges doesn't get an Oscar nomination then there's something seriously wrong in this world.
"I don't want to count any chickens," Bridges told us, "but it's great to get these good reviews we've been getting. This film doesn't have the millions of dollars to spend on promotions, so it's great that we're getting the film out there."
—Reporting by Dahvi Shira
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