He [Colin Farrell] recounts a childhood story he’s told before but is worth repeating for the sheer sweet wackiness of it. “I’ve joked about it in interviews, but it’s true, no joke. The first time I fell in love was with Marilyn Monroe.
"I left Smarties for her under my pillow."
Smarties, the candy?
"Yeah, Smarties the candy, like M&M’s."
Why would she look under your pillow to find candies?
"Because fucking love conquers all! Including the limitations brought about by death 50 years in advance and time—all that quotidian bollocks. With full seriousness and absolute awareness of what my intent was—and a deep, deep abiding hope each night—I left Smarties under my pillow … "
Farrell’s not joking.
"On my life: It’s not some cute story. I had better things to do with my time even when I was a fuck-up than to create stories like this! It was that Christmas when I didn’t just see but felt, experienced, and lived through Some Like It Hot. And there was a strength in that 7- or 8-year-old’s feelings for Marilyn that was in every promise and every vow that I’ve made to every woman subsequently.”