IRELAND’S most eligible bachelor Colin Farrell reckons he’d be the luckiest man on the planet — if only he could find love again.
The dad-of-two has had a string of romances, including a short marriage to actress Amelia Warner and relationships with the mums of his two boys — Kim Bordenave and Alicja Bachleda.
But the Total Recall star, who also had a dalliance in 2008 with Trinity student Muireann McDonnell, is currently back on the market, much to the delight of his hordes of female admirers.
Dubliner Colin, 36, said: “I’ve got plenty of love in my life in the form of good friends and my two beautiful sons.
“Of course, if it happened and it was healthy and good, I’d be the luckiest man on the planet. If it happens, happy days, I’d be open to it. I’ve experienced quite a bit of romantic love in my life. I hope I’ll experience it again.
“But I’m not desperate for it right now. I’m cool with right now. But if it came tomorrow, I’d be so up for it, man!”
Hunky Farrell is back in the capital this weekend as he prepares for the premiere his Total Recall remake.
The proud Irishman convinced the movie’s director Les Wiseman and co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel to attend the opening in Dublin on Tuesday.
And yesterday he was in Trinity College Dublin — where he was interviewed by RTE golden boy Ryan Tubridy for The Trinity Sessions, to be broadcast later in the year.
When the action hit Total Recall first came out, the Hollywood star was an unknown teen who watched it in his bedroom in Castleknock.
But he still remembers meeting the original Total Recall hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, nearly ten years ago.
Col said: “I met Arnold once in 2003 in Dublin at the Special Olympics. It was very brief. He was sitting with a bunch of dignitaries and I shook his hand and said hello. But I never reached out to him doing this movie.
“I’m sure he’s got better things to do than concern himself with my interpretation of a part he played in the 1990s.”
For the part of super-human Douglas Quaid, Farrell had to seriously bulk up, and the massive effort saw him spending five hours a day training.
He added: “I knew going into it was going to be really physical for about three or four months beforehand to get ready for the shoot, so I just went straight to the gym and worked out.
“I hit the treadmill, I lifted weights, I had protein shakes, I got a good night’s sleep most nights and I worked with the mitts on some fighting.
“It was guns for an hour, then some parkour, urban gymnastics for an hour, followed by some fight training. I hadn’t done anything as physical for a long time.
“I had done a lot of smaller, more intimate films, so when it came up, I thought it would be good to do an action movie and to work with my body.
“It was fun, but some of the training was tedious and boring. At the end of five months, I was ready for some dialogue!”
In addition to all the fighting his character does in Total Recall, he also performs a very tender piece of classical music.
Col explained: “I have a piano in my house and it’s nice when your hand is forced as an actor. When I saw this part in the script, I went online and found this piece from The Tempest and I had an instructor come to my house a couple of times a week for four weeks. This is one of the cooler things I’ve done.”
As his private life has mellowed over the past few years, Col’s no longer the regular tabloid sensation he was back in the days when he dated the likes of Britney Spears and novelist Emma Forrest.
He has replaced booze and drugs with yoga and other rituals and he seems far easier company these days than during his wilder years.And his sons James, nine, and Henry, two, are now the true loves of his life.
He added: “As I get older and quieten down more, the one quality I find more and more attractive is kindness and consideration towards other people.
“A sense of adventure and fun and all that s**t is fun too, don’t get me wrong. But I’m not really looking for anyone right now. I find enjoyment in the totality that focus can provide, whether it’s playing a piece of piano for the film or being with my boys, or focusing on getting out of my mind drinking and doing drugs, or green tea these days.
“I love ritual and that was one of the things I loved about drugs — the ritual. They were terrible for me personally, emotionally, physically, but I loved the rituals.
“Now with yoga, there’s a massive ritual even going into a yoga class with 40 people. I go into the class with 40 others, put down my mat and my block and that’s a whole other ritual that I love.
“There’s a comfort and a familiarity in the repetition and the moves that’s very liberating and frees up your mind and heart.”
He’s still loving fatherhood and home is very much Los Angeles now, where both boys live part-time with their respective mums.
He added: “My oldest lives 20 miles from my house, and my youngest is about three miles from me, so it’s great.”