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Colin Farrell: Living Dangerously Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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About the Author
Jane Kelly has written for a host of national newspapers and magazines and has been a staff feature writer on Today, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail. She is also a keen painter who has exhibited widely, with work in several private collections. She lives in west London with her cat Brenda.
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'Living Dangerously' is written in a typically chatty, easy-to-read magazine style. It relies heavily on first-hand quotes taken from the insides of newspapers and magazines, and is littered with mistakes, as early as the first chapter in fact when the author wrongly names him Colin 'Andrew' Farrell, so I was never under the misapprehension that this was ever going to a miraculously researched tome.
If you're a complete novice to Colin Farrell, then this book should suit you, and it is a nice look-back on his impressive acting career, though I did sometimes question whether Jane Kelly had even watched some of the films, as little factual errors did appear frequently regarding them. On the plus side, a handy filmography also appears at the end, and there are some great glossy pictures to be seen.
The author is pretty kind to Colin, showering on the praise and laying relatively low on the details regarding his private life, although gossipy bits do pepper the book throughout. As is often the case, there is no real insight into the man's character, and doesn't tell anything new. If you're really keen, buy 'Living Dangerously', but I'd personally recommend that you hold out for Farrell's own autobiography, should he ever decide to write it.
The book gives us the story of Farrell's life from his childhood in Dublin through his rise to success in Hollywood. Clearly having never met Farrell, it contents us with quoting large chunks of interviews and long, page filling accounts of the lives of people and actors he has worked with or been associated with.
I did wonder if the author had actually watched some of the films Colin Farrell has made all the way through as there are several plot inaccuracies described. For example, getting name of the father of Clare’s baby in A Home at the End of the World wrong. Attention to detail is surely what readers of biographies are looking for?
There is a lot of gushing about his appearance, about his chocolate brown eyes and the size of his manhood but little truly exclusive or unique insight. The book's factual errors begin on page one, chapter one - Colin Andrew Farrell? - Shouldn’t that be Colin James Farrell? It doesn't bode well as an opening line.
Fans of Colin Farrell fans will learn nothing new from this book and will be irritated by its inaccuracies whilst film fans will simply have to suffer having the ending of every movie he has made spoiled. This is simply every interview, news article and press release strung together in chronological order.
Bad grammar, a mass of idle speculation, personal opinion and regurgitated trivia stretched to ten chapters.
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If a writer can't get the subject's name right, how can you trust the rest of the book?