Colin Farrell, who appears in the new movie “Saving Mr. Banks” as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ father, stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday (Dec. 16), where he talks about how he was almost in a boy band (what?!) and his relationship with the late Elizabeth Taylor before she passed away in 2011.

The two were in Cedars-Sinai at the same time — Farrell for the birth of his youngest son and Taylor for some heart surgery. He met her manager, one thing led to another and they began a friendship before she died.

“I got to have an audience with her, and that was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was … it was kind of like the last, it feels like in my head, not her, I’m projecting, but the last kind of romantic relationship I had. Which was never consummated,” Farrell says.

“She wasn’t much of a sleeper at night like I’m not,” he continues. “I’d call her at two in the morning … and we’d talk for a half an hour, an hour into the wee hours. Really cool.”

Below, Farrell reveals that before he was famous, he auditioned to be in a boy band.

“I was 18, 17 or 18 and I was dancing in a nightclub in Dublin in a pair of leather pants and a nice rubber black T-shirt,” says Farrell, but he unfortunately did not bring a photo to show the audience.


“Saving Mr. Banks” is in limited release now and opens nationwide on Friday (Dec. 20).

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