Colin Farrell gets emotional talking about LA’s homeless crisis on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

On Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, actor Colin Farrell’s mood suddenly changed during an interview with fill-in host Wanda Sykes, after he brought up the current homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. It’s a problem that is especially prevalant in Hollywood where the show is taped. Farrell was talking about the difficulty of the past year in terms of the pandemic and social unrest, before gesturing toward the outside of the building.

“The homelessness here. It's pretty tough to see,” Farrell said, beginning to tear up. “It's pretty tough to see. I don't get it. Am I doing anything about it right now? No. I'd like to think about doing something about it. I don't understand how so many people can be on the street.”

And this isn’t the first time Farrell has put a focus on this issue, not only does he work with an organization called the Homeless World Cup Foundation, but he’s been known to lend a helping hand to homeless people in the past.

Video transcript

COLIN FARRELL: What a just tragic and difficult year of social unrest and essential things happening that have needed to happen, and ugliness that we've seen. And you know the homelessness here, it's pretty tough to see.

WANDA SYKES: Yeah.

KYLIE MAR: During an upbeat interview with Colin Farrell on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the star's mood suddenly changed after he brought up the current homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. A problem that's not hard to miss, especially in Hollywood where the show is taped. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said there were over 66,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County at the beginning of 2020, a number that is expected to rise dramatically in a post-COVID world.

COLIN FARRELL: I teared up here like [BLEEP], excuse me. But it's pretty tough to see. I don't get it. Am I doing anything about it right now? No. I'd like to think about doing something about it, but I don't understand how so many people can be on the street.

KYLIE MAR: One viewer on Twitter said Colin's emotion for "homeless people really got in my feelings. He's such a golden heart, and I love him so much for this." But this isn't the first time Colin has put a focus on this issue. Not only does he work with an organization called the Homeless World Cup Foundation, but he's been known to lend a helping hand to homeless people in the past.

COLIN FARRELL: I say that knowing full well how fortunate I am and I live in a nice house. I have a very safe existence.

WANDA SYKES: But you're right, we do need to do something.

COLIN FARRELL: I don't get it. I don't get it.

WANDA SYKES: You're right.