Colin Farrell was a surprise guest as his friend and The Banshees of Inisherin co-star Brendan Gleeson hosted Saturday Night Live on US television.

Introducing himself on his Saturday Night Live debut, Gleeson said: "Hi, I'm Brendan Gleeson. If you don't recognise the accent, I'm Irish. And if you don't recognise the face, I'm that fella that you've seen in that thing you can't remember but you think you kind of liked."

As Gleeson told jokes and tuned up his mandolin for a song, his thoughts turned to Farrell.

"Do you know who else is weird and wonderful?" he asked the audience. "Colin Farrell."

"We worked together on In Bruges, and we just got back together for a new film, The Banshees of Inisherin," Gleeson continued.

"And funny enough, it's about two fellas who fall out because one of them's a little too needy.

"And I mean, I love Colin to bits, but the story's not too far from the truth."

Enter Farrell to join in the fun - claiming he was "just passing".

After more jokes, the two friends duetted as they introduced the show.

"Well done," Farrell said as he hugged Gleeson.

Later in the show, Gleeson appeared in a number of sketches in roles as an Irish journalist for CNN, a warrior chief and a high school student, among others.

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Farrell also joined in on some of the fun.

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Gleeson closed the show by thanking Farrell, the cast, musical guest Willow and "all the people who made this week such a special week".

"It's one of the most beautiful bunches of people I've ever come across - and all in the middle of New York," he enthused.

"It's been very special," Gleeson concluded.

The Banshees of Inisherin, the long-awaited reunion of Gleeson and Farrell with In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh, opens in cinemas on Friday 21 October.

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