Colin Farrell was arrested for attempted murder in his teens

Colin Farrell was arrested for attempted murder when he was a teen (inset)
Colin Farrell was arrested for attempted murder when he was a teen (inset)

Irish movie star Colin Farrell, who will appear on our TV screens when the much anticipated second series of True Detective airs next Monday night, has spoken of his run-in with the law in his late teens – when he was arrested for attempted murder.

The Castleknock actor was taken into custody in Sydney, Australia, when he was visiting there as a teen after being identified as a suspect when a man was beaten up and left to burn in his apartment after it was set on fire.

The truth was it was a case of mistaken identity – but the young Farrell was absolutely terrified when he was taken in by police.

Adding to his woes was the fact that he couldn’t argue too much with the police, as the similarities in looks between himself and the photofit of the suspect was uncanny, and also because he had no recollection of what he had done on the night in question as he was so drunk and stoned he blacked out.

"They showed me a photo-fit, a pencil sketch of the guy that had attempted to murder this other gentleman after he 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,” Farrell told host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

“It was me. He had bushy eyebrows, a mole on his face, even spoke with an Irish accent.

“It was a long time ago and I was drunk. I saw a photo-fit of the guy that actually did the crime and - because I had had a blackout that night - I wondered, could I have done such a thing?

"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 at that particular time we were at a party the other side of town doing ecstasy.”

True Detective will air next Monday night on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.