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OTRC: Colin Farrell on 'Saving Mr. Banks,' working with kids: 3 highlights

Colin Farrell talks to OTRC.com about his role in 'Saving Mr. Banks.' (OTRC.com)

Art imitates life as Colin Farrell plays a dad in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks."

Farrell, who has two children, portrays Travers Robert Goff, father of P.L. Travers', played by Emma Thompson the new film. The story revolves around Travers and her relationship with Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, as the two team up to bring her story, "Mary Poppins," to the big screen.

"Saving Mr. Banks" also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, and Rachel Griffiths. The film hit select theaters on Dec. 13, 2013 and has a wider release on Dec. 20.

OTRC.com recently chatted with Farrell to discuss his role in the film, whether or not he likes working with child actors and how he feels about the film's director, John Lee Hancock, referring to him as "underappreciated."

Watch Farrell's full interview, as well as a trailer and clips from the movie, above and see three highlights from the interview below.

1. Farrell talks about playing a dad in the film.

"Contagion isn't a nice word, you know, the idea of things that are contagious seems like a sinister concept, but I think good things can be contagious as well. And I think instilling in his daughter the importance and the beauty that can be flights of fancy into the world of imagination is a really cool thing. When we meet him first, my character, and he's with his daughter, you get a sense early on that life is a game, that he is willing to play and be frivolous in. That's his problem as well, by the way."

2. While some actors don't prefer to work with children, Farrell loves it.

"I love working with kids. Even if it's only because you get to work for eight hours a day, because laws stipulate that, otherwise the set would be a sweatshop. No but, there's such a lesser degree of pretense and such a lesser degree of, not to say children don't do work or work with their parents or acting coaches, but of preconceiving, and there's a deep and kind of timely birth right and insistence, whether they know it or not, of just being present, and that's a really lovely thing to be around and Annie Buckley was a dream to work with on this."

3. Director John Lee Hancock feels Farrell is underappreciated as an actor, a sentiment the actor appreciates.

"John's about one of the most generous cats I've ever met, so the fact that he would say something that is kind isn't a surprise. He's just a dude man, I would do anything with him, both as a director and as a human being. So yeah that's cool, but I don't feel underappreciated at all. I'm just really, genuinely delighted to be in this film."

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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