Colin Farrell defends the use of the N-word in the new movie ‘Widows’

Actor Colin Farrell attends a press conference to promote the film “Widows” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto

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Actor Colin Farrell defended the use of the N-word, that is heard during a scene with him and Robert Duvall in their upcoming thriller heist, “Widows.”

Farrell explained the use of the racial epithets in the Steve McQueen-directed film during a press conference Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Duvall’s character, Jack Mulligan, uses the N-word in a heated discussion with Farrell’s character, Tom Mulligan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It is the weakness sometimes of what people who claim to be strong to see as a weakness, where the seeds of change life,” Farrell said.

“Most, if not all, of the wickedness in the world take place in the quiet conversations. … So this is a conversation that is already going on between him and his father,” he said, adding that his character, the head tilt was “that man can manage at that point.”

McQueen, who also directed “12 Years a Slave,” defended the use of the word.

“We are not crazy. We have project reality on the screen, because that’s what art is, and we have to change it and to pass it on,” McQueen said.

“Widows” is set to be released on Nov. 16. The movie is set in Chicago and tells the story of four women who are forced to repay the debts of their deceased spouses. Farrell and Duvall stars alongside Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth debicki and Cynthia Erivo.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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