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CANNES WATCH: Colin Farrell happy to be single

From left, actors Lea Seydoux, Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz pose for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film The Lobster at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

CANNES, France (AP) — In his new sci-fi movie “The Lobster,” Colin Farrell plays a single man desperate to get into a committed relationship or risk being transformed into an animal. In real life, though, he’s unattached — and in no rush to change his status.

“In my life I’ve had relationships with women that weren’t in the public eye that have been pulled into the public eye as a result of the nonsense of celebrity and being close to me, and I hate that and I hated that for them,” he said in an interview last week. “And so that would be just another thing that would lead into my reticence to being in a relationship.”

Farrell is in Cannes to promote “The Lobster,” which is competing for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.

The film is about single people who are forced to stay in a hotel until they find a mate. They have 45 days to find a partner or face being transformed into an animal and be released into the woods.

The 38-year-old actor said being in a relationship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“I have one friend who just broke up and he’s been in a relationship for six years, and before that he was married for 15 years, and he just broke up and our other shared friends who are in relationships are doggedly pursuing him — ‘I have this person you have to meet,'” he said. “But I’m just like, ‘Just let him (rest.)’ And part of me goes, ‘Is that misery loves company?'”

The Cannes Film Festival runs until Sunday.

— By Louise Dixon, http://www.twitter.com/loudixon

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