By EW Staff
April 09, 2010 at 08:22 PM EDT

Image Credit: ART STREIBER FOR EWHe was one of Hollywood’s hottest young leading men — and most notorious bad boys — hailed as “the Irish Brad Pitt” and infamous for his hard-partying ways. Then following a string of flops, a sex tape scandal, and a stint in rehab, Colin Farrell all but disappeared. In this week’s EW, the actor — who has reemerged in the past two years with acclaimed performances in In Bruges and Crazy Heart — opens up with remarkable candor about his former alcohol and drug addictions, his career ups and downs, and his stable and sober life now as the father of two sons. “I was close to becoming really bad news,” says Farrell about hitting bottom during the making of 2006’s Miami Vice. “That was the first film where there were a couple of days I missed because I was f—ed. I can’t say I remember that much of it, honestly.” Life is much quieter for Farrell now — instead of hitting the Hollywood parties, he says he’s spending quality time with his 6-year-old son, James, who suffers from a neurogenetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome, and “changing the nappies” of his six-month-old son, Henry.

For the full story on Colin Farrell’s rise, fall, and redemption, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.