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Cinematic finish Video captures Colin Farrell completing his first marathon as he prepares for rescuer role

The star ran the Brisbane marathon in 3:53:14

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Colin is cheered across the line

Colin is cheered across the line

Colin is cheered across the line

Irish actor Colin Farrell can add his first marathon to his list of achievements.

The actor completed the marathon in Brisbane this weekend.

The star ran the legendary race in 3:53:14 - a sub-four-hour finishing time is considered very impressive in athletics circles for a first run.

The actor has taken up long-form running in recent times - after a real-life rescuer he’s playing in a forthcoming movie sparked his interest in the sport.

John Volanthen was one of a number of elite cave rescuers involved in saving 12 Thai school children trapped with their football coach in a flooded cave. The 2018 mission was watched around the world as the rescuers took on the mammoth feat of getting them all out safely.

The actor is to play Volanthen in a movie about the rescue currently filming in Australia.

Volanthen is also an ultra marathon runner and Colin became interested in running during their Zoom meetings to discuss the film.

“He's even taken up running because he sees that's something I do a lot of,” Volanthen told Sunday World recently.

“I've not actually heard or seen any of the filmed sequences yet. But the way I look at it, the worst is I'm going to look hunky and Irish, so I'm not going to come out too badly.

“I found Colin to be fantastic company. He's really conscientious, very funny, very caring. I believe this is the first time he's actually played a role and then been introduced to that person, and I think that comes with its own challenges.”

The actor took on his marathon challenge during downtime from shooting the movie, which is currently approaching completion in Australia.

Directed by top filmmaker Ron Howard (Rush, Frost/Nixon) Farrell leads a big-name cast including Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton in Thirteen Lives, which is due for release next year. Farrell and his colleagues are filming in massive tanks and sets that have been constructed to faithfully capture the conditions of the rescue.
 

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