True Detective Star Colin Farrell on the Pitfalls of 'Purge Acting'

Tonight I'm joined by Golden Globe-winning actor Colin Farrell. The talented and versatile star of films like Minority Report and the dark comedy In Bruges is now leading an all-star cast in the second season of HBO's hit series True Detective. On the show, Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled police detective with conflicting loyalties who finds himself entangled in a bizarre murder case.

In the clip below, Farrell shares how he has learned to resist forcing too much of his own life experiences into a performance, so as not to make it an exercise in what he calls "purge acting."

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis.