Colin Farrell: My Son ‘Is an Absolute Stud’

02/12/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Colin Farrell Winter's Tale Premiere Nancy Rivera/Splash News

Like father, like son?

“[James] is an absolute stud,” Colin Farrell told PEOPLE of his son while attending the Winter’s Tale premiere in New York City on Tuesday.

James — who is the actor’s son with model Kim Bordenavelives with Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that is known to impair speech, movement and balance.

The proud father says James, 10, is always reaching new milestones. “Every day, just breaking down boundaries,” Farrell, 37, shares. “He’s an amazing boy.”

Farrell has said fatherhood was one of the main reasons he checked into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse in 2005, and James has offered his actor dad a lot of inspiration.

“Everything he’s achieved in his life has come through the presence and the kind of will that is hard work. He’s a lot to be inspired by,” Farrell told PEOPLE in October. “Things like walking and talking and eating and feeding himself, all those things that so many of us naturally take for granted because they come so easily, to James, they come somewhat harder … I remember the days when he couldn’t watch 10 minutes of a film because he couldn’t sit still, but now he can.”

So have James and his brother Henry, 4 — Farrell’s son with Alicja Bachleda — seen any of their dad’s movies?

Epic — [but] they didn’t know it was me, so that was kind of a bummer,” says Farrell, who lent his voice to the 2013 animated film. “They seemed to think it was alright. I don’t think it went to the top of their favorite list of cartoons, which is a bit disappointing.”

— Jeff Nelson

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yay on

Love love love him soooo much. Am amazing Dad. With an amazing heart for his beautifull son

Angie on

I admire how he talks about his sons. I’ve heard him talk about finding a cure or good therapies for James, but I’ve never heard him say he would ‘fix’ the boy. It’s wonderful. Not every child with special needs has someone whose eyes light up at the thought of them.

marmar on

Angie-Colin has created a charity for Angelman Syndrome & talks about it all the time. He has love and so much admiration for his children.

Sacré on

Wow, his son is 10 already?! Time really flies.

Angie on

marmar – he does really seem proud of them and accepting of who they are. My 10-year old is on the autism spectrum and I wouldn’t change him for the world.

I'm With The Band on

Love this man and his devotion to both his children and to James’s cause.

momofjames on

I love it he shares about his son James. I also have a son named James on the spectrum who I wouldnt change. To us he is a normal kid because we accept him for him. Colin Ferrell seems like a great dad.

Charli on

Love that he seems like a loving and proud father.

Suzanne on

As a parent of a 16 year old daughter with Angelman’s Syndrome I appreciate what Colin does in support of a search for a cure. There is some hopeful news in the development of a treatment . I love my daughter and she is a blessing.

Melanie on

This guy is a total loser fathering kids left right and centre by random women.

Isabel on

Yes, Melanie, because having two children = 20 kids with 16 different women.

Pippi777 on

I used to know a little boy with Angelman Syndrome. He was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Always a smile on his face and a hug to give anyone who would accept it! I love how Colin always talks about his kids. They are very loved boys, indeed.

Catherine in Tulsa on

He’s a great actor, but he really shines when he talks about his children.

Truthseeker on

Why does he call his kid a “stud”? I would rather he had said “a hero or “amazing” or “valiant” or “brave” or “fearless” or ” a “boy who is overcoming many obstacles” or… fill in the blanks. A stud is simply a male (or any species) who/which is considered the most desirable for procreation. Relax, everybody, I realize he was trying to praise the child. But I think this was not the correct term.

Anonymous on

Isabel- Not to mention the fact that the boys are six years apart. How that constitutes as having children “left right and centre by random women” (especially when he was in a relationship with both of said women as opposed to a one-night stand!) is beyond me!

Elizabeth on

I like how this piece says “living with Angelman Syndrome.” As a Special Needs mom, I hate seeing stuff like “He is afflicted with autism” or “She is suffering from Down Syndrome.” We are living and surviving.

TG on

Kudoos for him to raise awareness of Angeiman Syndrome.

Angie on

Saw several his movies, great actor!!

poetryeditor on

Still my favorite actor.

Marla on

Mr. Farrell is my sexiest man alive for many reasons, including being a great an extraordinary ‘actor and a devoted father.