Colin Farrell mellowing with age

Colin Farrell in "Dead Man Down."

Colin Farrell in "Dead Man Down."

Michael Rechtshaffen, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 PM ET

There's something different about Colin Farrell -- and it's not just the fact that he's wearing his hair up in a samurai bun.

No, there's something decidedly more introspective, less intense about his demeanor, and it's a quality that extends to his performance in Dead Man Down.

In the crime drama marking the American debut of Niels Arden Oplev -- the Danish director responsible for the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- Farrell plays an enforcer who is secretly plotting revenge against the gang's kingpin (Terrence Howard) for the death of his wife and daughter.

It's a very contained, quiet performance with minimal dialogue and a noticeable departure from the Colin Farrell we've seen in stuff like In Bruges and Alexander [the Oliver Stone film in which he played Alexander the Great).

 


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