Colin Farrell is defending his new film “Widows”.
The flick, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, includes a scene that has Farrell and Robert Duvall’s character using the N-word.
But the Irish actor, 42, is vocally defending the film and its director Steve McQueen: “It’s the weakness sometimes of what people who claim to be strong perceive as weakness, is where the seeds of change live,” Farrell said in a press conference in Toronto.
“The majority of, if not all, the wrongdoings in the world take place in silent conversations… So this is a conversation that’s been going on between him and his father,” he said, adding that his character’s head tilt was all “that the man can manage at that point.”
McQueen, who also directed 2013’s “12 Years A Slave”, also defended the use of the word: “We’re no fools.
“We have to project reality onscreen because that’s what art is about, and we have to transform it and reveal it.”
“Widows” premiered Monday night at TIFF but is set for a worldwide release Nov. 16.