actor colin farrell admits lapse in judgment as a father, regrets letting 8-year-old son watch 'it'

Actor Colin Farrell Admits Lapse in Judgment as a Father, Regrets Letting 8-Year-Old Son Watch ‘It’

We all make questionable parenting decisions once in a while and actor Colin Farrell is no exception. The Batman star recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and confessed that he regrets letting his young son watch a much-too-scary film. 

During the interview, Farrell admitted that he had a lapse in judgment when he let his now 10-year-old son Henry watch the 2017 horror movie It when he was only 8-years-old, People reports.

Actor Colin Farrell Regrets Decision to Allow 8-Year-Old Son to Watch It

During his interview with Elle DeGeneres, the host brought up the father’s lapse in judgment midway through his segment. She said, “You don’t let your kids see your movies…cause some of them are kind of heavy and dark. And yet you took your youngest kid to see It. What is wrong with you?” Ellen joked with her guest. “How old was he?”

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That’s when the actor admitted his grave mistake. “That was a parental dropping of the ball of epic proportions,” said Colin. “We watched it at home and we watched half of it and, uh … I could discern a certain discomfort that was emanating from his 8-year-old body.”

But that didn’t stop the dad from letting him watch more the following day. “And then we watched the second half the next day and then he was fine. We watched it before bed one night. […] I know, I mean, I really dropped the ball.”

Farrell is also the dad to a 16-year-old boy, James.

After his confession, the Dumbo star went on to add that his two children could care less about his starpower. However, just in case they ever do get curious to watch some of the movies he starred in, he keeps the more mature films “locked where [my sons] can’t reach.”

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As the proud father explained, his sons aren’t all that into his movies because they’re not impressed with the fact that he usually plays the villain. “They’re sick of me being a bad guy. Which apparently, reading between the lines, leads me to believe that they think I’m okay.”

Nonetheless, despite his children’s disdain for him being the bad guy all the time, Farrell is set to play the villain yet again in the newest Batman revival, which is expected to be released in 2021.

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