Colin Farrell has revealed he was questioned by police as a suspect in an attempted murder while in Australia as a teenager.

The actor made the confession while playing a game with his True Detective co-star Vince Vaughn on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Farrell said even he had been concerned about his likeness to the criminal when interviewed by police, saying he told them "I think I'm in trouble".

"For a second, because I had had a blackout that night, I wondered, ‘could I have done such a thing?’," Farrell said. "They showed me a photo-fit, a pencil sketch of the guy that had attempted to murder, this other gentleman - had beat him up and left him in his own apartment, set the apartment on fire and split, thereby leaving him to burn to death - and it was me. They had bushy eyebrows, a mole on his face, spoke even in 2D with an Irish accent."

While Farrell blacked out that evening, the friend he was with did not - and it turned out the pair were at a party "on the other side of town doing ecstasy".

Appearing on the Jimmy Fallon show after the fact, Vaughn described the moment as "weird and uncomfortable", adding he was a little nervous when he later went out to dinner with his co-star.

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