A New York Winter's Tale actor Colin Farrell admits his passion for acting was "toxic" for seven years.

The 37-year-old Dublin-born star explained to The Irish Examiner that his love of performing was "diluted" during the height of his fame from 2000 until 2006.

Farrell said: "I was removed from the amount of passion and curiosity that I had about acting.

"Maybe that passion and curiosity got diluted or a little bit toxic due to the amount of success and fame that came my way."

The article further quotes the Saving Mr. Banks star as saying: "I know that people rooted for me during those wild years, and that was lovely to discover after the fact."

Colin, who has sons James, 10, and Henry, four, from two previous relationships, explained that he is happier to take on smaller roles, adding: After Miami Vice [in 2006], some big films went away from me.

“But that was kind of OK because I had other work lined up that provided an opportunity for me to go back to the more simplistic elements of what I was trying to do, which were the elements I fell in love with."