TALES FROM TINSELTOWN: Hollywood's next hunk is already famous, youjust don't know it yet

So I was wandering around Paris last week and kept noticing a

familiar profile out of the corner of my eye. It belonged to Colin

Farrell. Not in the flesh, but on Tigerland posters, which were

plastered all over the city. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film was

released in the US last fall and is now being distributed in Europe.

Based on the experiences of a group of army trainees preparing to ship

out to Vietnam, Tigerland put Farrell on an upward spiral that is almost

unprecedented. He's famous; you just don't know it yet.

It amused me that I couldn't escape Farrell's visage in Paris, because I

had just finished working with him in on another soldier's story, Hart's

War, a suspense thriller set in a Nazi POW camp. Only 24 years old,

Farrell held his own with Bruce Willis (who also delivers an exceptional

performance, in my biased opinion) and then immediately began working

with Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

Imagine. One day you're a young Dublin stage actor and soccer player,

and within the span of less than two years you find yourself working

with arguably the two biggest movie stars in the world and probably the

biggest director of all time.

"Mad, isn't it?" is how Farrell described it to me. Working with him was

a treat. Friendly, self-effacing and remarkably quick-witted, he is one

of the rare performers about whom not a single negative thing was said

by any crew member. Not one.

Farrell's publicist, Sue Patricola, who handles a slew of rising young

stars, told me he is indeed a dream. And unless I miss my guess, he's

about to become the dream of millions of young female moviegoers.

Farrell enjoyed a reunion on the Hart's War set with Schumacher, who

directed him earlier this year in Phone Booth, coming out this


Schumacher happened to be shooting Black Sheep, starring Anthony Hopkins

and Chris Rock, on an adjacent soundstage. Jerry Bruckheimer, who's

producing Black Sheep, also wandered by to greet Willis, who helped make

Bruckheimer's Armageddon one of the biggest hits of 1998. Sir Anthony

himself even dropped in, gracious and unassuming, the perfect gentleman.

Talk about irony: Hopkins had considered taking a role in Hart's War,

and here he was working right next door. It may be a small world, but

it's a big industry.

Anyway, from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre Dame Cathedral, I played

American tourist under the ubiquitous gaze of Colin Farrell. Then it was

off to the Eiffel Tower, wondering how many Tigerland posters I would be

able to spot from the top with a decent pair of binoculars.

Lawrence Mitchell Garrison is an LA-based freelance publicist and


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