'I really dropped the ball': Colin Farrell's 'epic' parenting fail watching 'It' with his son

Photo: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
Photo: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP 

It can often be difficult for parents to know in advance whether a movie will show scenes inappropriate for children, though there are some where this is blatantly obvious.

Colin Farrell apparently didn't get the memo that Stephen King's It, is a horror movie and probably unsuitable for an eight-year-old.

The Irish actor admitted his "... parental dropping of the ball of epic proportions," in an interview with Ellen De Generes, explaining, "We watched it at home and we watched half of it and, uh… I could discern a certain discomfort that was emanating from his eight-year-old body."

Farrell, 43, appeared on the show to speak about his character as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin in the Batman movie reboot soon to begin filming and got talking about the time he let his now 10-year-old son Henry watch the 2017 movie.

Ellen joked, "What is wrong with you?"

He continued, "And then we watched the second half the next day and then he was fine. We watched it before bed one night."

After hearing Ellen's audience groan, he added, "I know, I mean, I really dropped the ball."

Farrell also has son James, 16, but says his boys aren't at all interested in watching their dad's movies.


Qualifying that he keeps his less family-friendly movies under lock and key, he says of his sons' indifference, "I wish I had a choice. They don't want to!" 

Surely his latest role in the universally-cool Batman movie will earn a few brownie points with his boys? Apparently not.

"They're sick of me being a bad guy, which apparently, reading between the lines, leads me to believe that they think I'm okay."

It's a sweet insight into his relationship with his children that they see his villain role as incongruous.

If you're eager to see Colin in his latest evil incarnation, you're in for a wait. The Batman will be released on June 25, 2021.


A post shared by Colin Farrell (@colinfarell) on

You can watch Ellen on 9now