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Irish actor Colin Farrell poses for pictures with fans as he arrives on the red carpet for A New York Winter's Tale UK Premiere on Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, in London. (photos by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses for pictures with fans as he arrives on the red carpet for A New York Winter's Tale UK Premiere on Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, in London. (photos by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Colin Farrell takes a selfie with a fan at the London premiere of A New York Winter’s Tale. (Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

It seemed like Irish actor Colin Farrell was set to star in HBO’s American crime drama True Detective, but until we hear from the actor himself (or studio), it’s never 100 percent.

Farrell opened up to his local Irish paper the Sunday World, saying, “I’m so excited … I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles, which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”

The first season of True Detective, which had viewers on the edge of their seat through the finale, starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson investigating serial killings in their small town, over a 17-year span.

The series was a one-off for the two actors, with plans to swap out the lead actors for the seasons to follow.

Farrell talks about making the move to TV, telling the Irish paper, “It’s extraordinary; it [TV] has reached a new level. You get to familiarize yourself with characters week after week. You get to build a life that takes a while to experience as an actor and also that takes a while to experience as a viewer.”

He’s right: True Detective comes across like a feature-length movie, but we get to tune in each week.

There aren’t many details for the second season at this point, but we can understand why Farrell was considered, and ultimately got the gig, having portrayed both law enforcers and criminals.

Here are five roles from his crime fighting (or causing) days, available online:

1. Miami Vice
Farrell stars opposite Jamie Foxx in the film adaptation of the 1980s TV series with the same name, as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs.

Watch Miami Vice on Amazon Instant.

2. S.W.A.T.
S.W.A.T., also based on a television series, follows Jim Street (Farrell), an L.A. cop, who was formerly a U.S. Navy Seal. He and his special weapons and tactics team (S.W.A.T.) work to bring down a drug lord. Farrell stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeremy Renner, and L.L. Cool J.  

Watch S.W.A.T. on Amazon Instant.

3. The Recruit
The CIA recruits a new trainee (Farrell) who is tasked with finding a mole within the agency. Walter Burke (Al Pacino) takes the new recruit under his wing.

Watch The Recruit on Amazon Instant.

4. American Outlaws
Farrell takes on the role of the infamous Jesse James in this Western flick, loosely based on historical facts. The movie stars fellow Brit Timothy Dalton as a Scottish-American detective who is hot on the tail of James and his gang.

Watch American Outlaws on Amazon Instant.

5. Ordinary Decent Criminal
To observers, Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey) comes across as an ordinary family man. He is, for the most part, but also an Irish crime boss. The film is loosely based on the real Lynch’s life. Farrell plays his right-hand man Alec.

Watch Ordinary Decent Criminal on Amazon Instant.

The True Detective air date has yet to be confirmed, but is scheduled for 2015.

Are you looking forward to seeing Colin Farrell each week? 

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By Brigid Brown