Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is a Golden Globe- and Satellite Award-winning Irish actor, who has appeared in Hollywood films including Tigerland, Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Alexander, In Bruges, and S.W.A.T.
He has thrown his support behind an anti-homophobia campaign in his native Ireland – recalling the horrific bullying his homosexual brother, Eamon, endured during his school years. Farrell admits he still can’t understand why Eamon was targeted by bullies because of his sexuality.
He says, “I can’t remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small. The thing I do remember though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon. The beatings and taunting were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years.
“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.
“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.”
You may not understand why one is a homosexual. And the debate of the causes still continues. However I will state for the record that it is not right to hurt/ hit/ discriminate anybody. Whether this person is white, yellow, lack, green or purple; straight, bended or curved; or tall, short, fat, ugly etc is irrelevant.