Colin Farrell has his ego in check.
The actor is earning raves for his performance in HBO's True Detective, and on Monday, Farrell, 39, spoke candidly with PBS' Tavis Smiley about his career and why he no longer believes his own hype.
Recalling two of his high profile roles in 2004 and 2006, Farrell said, "It all happened really, really fast. Alexander and then Miami Vice were films that were very big and that didn't work so much critically and didn't work so much financially. I was made to feel aware of the fact that all of a sudden, things that I was in weren't working. It just made me go, 'Wow, OK.' So I can't believe in the lie that's being presented to me anymore that I'm a movie star and that everything is great. I have this No. 1 movie [Miami Vice]. Everyone is telling me now that that's gone. So it was kind of like, ugh." In hindsight, Farrell said, "All of it's a delusion. Telling me it's gone is a delusion. Ever believing that it was there in the first place is a delusion."
That said, Farrell doesn't regret starring in either movie.