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Colin Farrell told a great story about meeting Donald Sutherland for the first time when presenting him with an Honorary Oscar


82-YEAR-OLD Hollywood legend Donald Sutherland has never won an Oscar, which would come as a surprise to many given the amount of films he’s popped up in down the years.

For such oversights, The Academy reserve the “Honorary Award” to be given out as a lifetime achievement Oscar – so they put on a ceremony for Sutherland over the weekend.

And one of the people on stage to introduce him was Colin Farrell

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Before he could lead the tributes, Colin had to find him first:

“Where is Donald Sutherland? If anyone close to him could scream because Donald should have more dignity”

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“Hey man. Howaya. It’s good to see you – bestie, obviously, that’s why I’m here.”

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He started into a story about the first time they met – Farrell was intimidated and Sutherland said five words to him that he’s never forgotten:

The first time I met Donald was many moons ago. We were shooting a film in Cape Town in South Africa, well were about to start rehearsing. I was in a car park at a makeshift production office and I looked over and I saw the man – and like can happen to us at times when we’re familiar with people’s work through the years – I had a feeling that I knew him but I was intimidated as a result of that feeling.
As warm as Donald can be, he can be intimidating at times. He has that Lion-like visage and he’s got a very elegant but giant stature so I said I’m going to go over and say hello to this man and pay my respects as I knew I was going to be working with him. So I walked over and tapped him on the elbow and he turned around and he said five words to me that I’ve never forgotten to this day – and I’ve carried them with me for whatever it was, 15 years. He looked at me and said:
Put out that fucking cigarette.
Donald, you complete me.

Donald was a bit mortified and the crowd were loving it

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Jennifer Lawrence was also there to talk about her time with him on The Hunger Games, as well as all his iconic roles

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Then Sutherland got up for an emotional and hilarious speech to end the evening

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He’s finally got that Oscar now.

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