and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead role in the war drama Tigerland in 2000. During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's science fiction thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in the superhero film Daredevil (2003).
Having mistaken Farrell and me for a couple, he performs a darshan blessing to calculate our compatibility – apparently, I am very good for him. 'Do not tell the secrets in your heart so easily.’ This feels less of a message from the Hindu gods than from Farrell’s long-suffering publicist.
Farrell nods gravely, and stops short of rattling out the rest of an anecdote about his drug-fuelled youth, which begins, 'I used to love an eight ball,’ his eyebrows tilting like slashes of black marker pen.
But the 37-year-old actor, who built a raucous reputation as a heavy-drinking hell-raiser when he arrived in Hollywood, hasn't had a drink for eight years and is happy to say he doesn't miss it.
"I don't take it for granted and I don't undermine how difficult my journey to getting sober was, but now I'm in a really different life and I don't miss it.
I'm very lucky in that respect because I know people who have had a longer period of sobriety than me and they still miss it every day and it's a struggle for them." It did, he admits, take him quite a long time to reform.