Why Colin Farrell didn't bother reading any Total Recall reviews

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

If you were a well-known actor who'd just been in a remake of a sci-fi classic, wouldn't you be curious as to what people thought of it? Well, according to Colin Farrell, you might be better off leaving well enough alone.

Let's be honest, the Total Recall remake didn't go over very well with audiences. There's an argument to be made that, if you were in a box-office flop, you ought to try and understand why folks didn't come in droves to check out your latest summer blockbuster. Colin Farrell takes a bit of a different tack, though.

"My identification with being an actor has been diluted with my identification of being aware of being a friend and being aware of being a brother and being aware of being a lover or being aware of being a dad. And all those other things. So it's just a case of dilution—because I still do, a little bit, as an actor. But not a lot. I didn't read the reviews for "Total Recall"—and not reading them was a huge thing. And it didn't take much effort. I just didn't end up reading them, which means I didn't need to, which means I don't identify with it that much."

So it sounds like, for Colin, it's about separating the man from the career. It's certainly true that there's an overwhelming number of critics out there now ready to pounce on every sub-par action flick that makes its way to theaters.

While it might be important for a writer, director or producer to analyze and crunch the numbers, maybe Farrell is right here. Maybe reading every review for every film you make doesn't make you a better actor at all. In fact, it's easy to see how it could make you worse at your craft and less dedicated to the other people around you.

What do you think? Switch shoes with Colin Farrell for a moment and tell us true—would you look?

(via the Huffington Post)

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