Colin Farrell Was Warned That He Was Wasting His Time Trying To Be An Actor After He Was Rejected From A Boyband For Not Being Talented Enough

These days, Colin Farrell is most known for being a pretty respectable actor, with his performance in the 2022 movie The Banshees Of Inisherin earning him a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination.

Colin Farrell on the red carpet wearing a tuxedo

In fact, Irish music manager Louis Walsh revealed that Colin auditioned to be in the popular boyband Boyzone in 1993, but he was forced to turn him down due to a slight complication; Colin couldn’t sing.

A closeup of Louis Walsh
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But that’s not all. When Colin then told Louis that he wanted to be an actor, Louis actively discouraged him from pursuing his dream by telling him that he was wasting his time.

Colin Farrell in 1998

“I knew him really well,” he added. “And he said: ‘I want to be an actor anyway,’ and I said: ‘You’re wasting your fucking time.’ He went and he worked. He worked it.”

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Boyzone was created in 1993 and enjoyed huge success, with six No. 1 singles and five No. 1 albums in the UK before they split in 2000. They made a comeback in 2007 when they toured and released music sporadically before splitting for good in 2018.

Boyzone pictured sitting on a couch in 1996
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Colin landed his first credited acting role in 1997 when he was 21 years old — four years after his audition to be in the band.

Colin Farrell in 2002 in a suit and tie on the red carpet

His breakout movie roles came along in 2002, when both Minority Report and Phone Booth were released.

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Meanwhile, Colin’s career trajectory isn’t the only celebrity gossip viewers have been treated to during this series of Celebrity Big Brother, with Sharon Osbourne dropping clanger after clanger when she dragged a whole host of stars earlier this month.

Sharon Osbourne

The two also enjoyed an epic gossiping session about their former boss Simon Cowell, with Sharon saying that she was left “furious” after she turned down other work to stay on The X Factor, only for Simon to drop both her and Louis.

Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell

She also ridiculed Simon for “wearing the same thing for almost three decades,” and said she wouldn’t work with him again for “all the money in the world.”

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