Sex symbol Colin Farrell appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman recently where not only did he unsurprisingly promote his new movie – Fright Night – but less surprisingly spoke honestly about his first son, James, who suffers with a condition commonly known as AS or Angelman Syndrome.
Angelman Syndrome is a neuro-genetic disorder that affects 1 in 15,000 births, according to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Inc website, and is frequently wrongly diagnosed as other disorders such as cerebral palsy or autism. The syndrome is characterised by the inability to speak, balancing disorders, seizures and retarded development. Someone suffering with the disorder will require full-time care throughout their life.
“James started having seizures really early,” Farrell said, adding that it was his son’s sunny disposition that helped doctors diagnose the illness. “It was actually when a doctor saw how happy he was,” Farrell said. “He was like, ‘Does he always smile this much?’ ” Farrell’s son is unable to speak, but the actor described him as “a really happy boy”.
“I’ve in my life been around some children who are sick or suffering and to be honest my boy is doing really good,“ he said.
He also added that there wasn’t funding available for the condition, because it doesn’t benefit pharmaceutical companies (a sad indictment of the nefarious and corrupt pharmaceutical industry if ever there was one).
The star of Daredevil, Phonebooth, Miami Vice and In Bruges asked for the public to make donations to the organisation CureAngelman.org.
Oh and he has a film out soon too remember.
If you would like to comment on this article please use the comment box below. You can also share using the social networking icons below.
Images: shortfun.com, icydk.com, prphotos.com.