People have all sorts of ways to try kicking their smoking habits — everything from gum to patches to hypnosis. But for Colin Farrell, something a little more intense and spiritual, I guess. “I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco,” he tells Men’s Health. “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.” Sure, it sounds weird, but you can’t really argue with results.
Quitting smoking was important to Farrell primarily because of his two sons — James, 11, and Henry, 5 — who have understandably become his highest priority. In fact, parenting has helped put this whole Hollywood thing in perspective.
“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,” he explains.”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.”