"The most significant aspect of my life lives far away from anywhere that a camera is needed. You play the part and do interviews but don't overextend yourself or put on a mask or change your name."
Hollywood star Colin Farrell has revealed the rather odd method he used to quit smoking.
The True Detective star told magazine Men's Health: "I wrote a break-up letter to the 'Spirit of Tobacco'. I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn't have a cigarette for another two years."
In a 2012 interview with Larry King, Farrell admitted to being a heavy smoker, saying he would often smoke 40 or 50 cigarettes a day and even more if he had been drinking.
But these days, the actor has cleaned up his ways and has very different priorities. He is now concentrating on bringing up his two sons, James, 11, and Henry, 5 instead of focusing too much on dating or his career.
Single for five years
"It's not that I don't get lonely sometimes, but I'm okay about it," Farrell said when asked how he feels about being single for five years.
He added: "When you get home, the only thing that matters is your son is not eating his turkey sandwiches and he's not into avocado anymore, so you have to find something new that he'll eat for lunch."