"I lost weight because my role demanded it," Farrell told reporters simply of his upcoming film, Triage. "It was all very healthy."
The actor also referred to the Scott Anderson novel on which Triage is based, reading the sentences that inspired his dramatic weight loss: "He went to the bathroom to shave. Once his beard was gone he saw that his face had become drawn. He pressed at the hollows beneath his eyes, the pronounced nubs of his cheekbones."
"Amen," director Danis Tanovic followed, breaking the tension. Everyone – including Farrell – laughed.
Farrell spent five weeks in Alicante, Spain, filming Triage, in which he plays a war reporter in Bosnia in the early 1990s.
The actor also spoke of his great respect for war reporters "spending time in war zones to tell stories that capture the imagination – as well as for their wives and girlfriends."