Colin Farrell has opened up about a terrifying incident in his teens when he was arrested for attempted murder.
The actor was staying in Sydney when he was taken into custody for beating a man up and setting his apartment on fire.
He said that the arrest was a case of mistaken identity, but the resemblance was so close the two men that even Colin himself began to question his involvement in the incident.
Speaking on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Colin said: “It was a long time ago and I was drunk. I saw a photo-fit of the guy that actually did the crime and it looked remarkably like me, and for a second I – because I had had a blackout that night – I wondered, could I have done such a thing?
“They showed me a photo-fit, a pencil sketch of the guy that had attempted to murder this other gentleman, had beat him up and left him in his own apartment, set the apartment on fire and split, thereby leaving him to burn to death, and it was me. They had bushy eyebrows, a mole on his face, spoke even with an Irish accent,” he said.
The True Detective actor admitted that he was petrified during the whole experience, but eventually learned that he an alibi for the night.
“It was terrifying. I was there for about six hours and then thankfully a friend of mine had kept a journal of that particular night, and that particular time we were at a party on the other side of town,” he said.
Colin currently stars in the second series True Detective alongside Hollywood star Vince Vaughan. The hit show will air in the US on Sunday night and Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm.