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article imageAward-winning actor Colin Farrell talks of gay brother’s agony

By Andrew John     Apr 9, 2010 in Entertainment
The award-winning Irish-born actor Colin Farrell has been speaking of the years of anguish and agony suffered by his gay brother.
Eamon Farrell would often arrive home with blood on his shirt after being subjected to bullying at school the Belfast Telegraph reveals.
The 33-year-old actor’s comments followed the launch of an awareness week for gay, bisexual and transgender young people, organized in an effort to prevent future intimidation.
“The beatings and tauntings were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years,” the actor said.
Last year, Farrell was best man at his brother’s wedding to his longtime partner Steven Mannion.
“Sadly, Eamon is unable to get married in his home country of Ireland,” said the website PerezHilton.com, which then quoted Eamon Farrell as saying: “We have to get married abroad. It’s absolutely terrible. We have to go somewhere legal, which narrows it down to about five countries.”
In 2005, Colin Farrell credited his gay brother for his, Colin’s, portrayal of Alexander the Great as a bisexual young king.
He spoke then of how Eamon had been taunted at school in what has been a staunchly Catholic country, and said: “He’s a very strong man who had a hard time in school standing up for who he was. He taught me about love and understanding.”
In 2007, Colin Farrell joined other celebrities, including Eva Mendes, Vanessa L. Williams, Bruce Willis, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to become an official games spokesman for the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China.
He’s the winner of both a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award, and has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Tigerland, Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, S.W.A.T., The Recruit, Alexander, Phone Booth and In Bruges.
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