Farrell is lending his name to an anti-homophobia campaign, because the issue hits close to home. His brother Eamon is gay, and Farrell said he can remember the bullying he endured during his school years.
The “Crazy Heart” actor, who was the best man at his gay brother Eamon’s same-sex wedding last year, is supporting the gay charity “Belong To,” which is attempting to educate Catholic Ireland about homosexuality.
“I can’t remember much about the years of physical and emotion al abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small,” he said in a statement.
“The thing I do remember though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came h ome in the afternoon. The beatings and taunting were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years,” he recalled.
“People are often afraid of difference. They feel that anything that causes fear, should be turned away from.
“My brother represented fear for so many people, but caused joy in my life. From a very young age he made me laugh with his intelligence and wit, made me aspire to his strength and goodness. He was to be embraced,” he added.
“To many of the students of his school however he was to be feared. He was to be turned away from. I didn’t understand it then, and I still don’t now.”
In Hollywood, Farrell is reportedly up for a role in the romantic comedy ‘Something Borrowed,” based on the book by Emily Griffin, according to trade reports. No word yet on his character.
Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Kate Hudson star in the film, about a 30-year-old Manhattan attorney (Goodwin) who has a fling with her best friend’s (Hudson) fiance (Krasinski).