The last year or so has seen a 'green wave' take over Hollywood, with many of our actors and creatives enjoying their well-deserved moment in the sun.

The success of films like 'The Banshees of Inisherin' and 'An Cailín Ciúin' on a global scale, as well as the rise of actors like Paul Mescal, Andrew Scott, Barry Keoghan, Jessie Buckley and more in recent years has meant that Hollywood has finally taken notice of the talent we have to offer - as evidenced by Cillian Murphy's recent Oscar win.

And one man who's proudly flying the flag is Colin Farrell, by now a Hollywood veteran.

Farrell told Entertainment Tonight that he was proud of his fellow Irishmen and woman in a new interview.

The Castleknock native said: "I mean, we punch so far above our weight. We’re only a country of five million people and I don’t know, Irish people - just whether it’s through music, the written word, whether it’s prose poetry, film, theatre... we just -- we have a deep connection to... the importance of story and to leaning into stories, and meanings with which we understand ourselves and the world around us."

He also spoke about his 'Banshees' co-star Barry Keoghan's run of high-profile roles in the likes of 'Saltburn', Apple TV+ series 'Masters of the Air' and more.

"Barry's off to the races," he said. "He's killing it, he's doing amazing. I saw him last week for the first time in close to a year and he seemed like he was in great form, so it was great to see him."

Farrell, meanwhile, is himself starring in a new Apple TV+ noir-inspired drama called 'Sugar', which debuts this Friday. The Dubliner plays John Sugar, a private investigator who is obsessed with film, who is tasked with finding the missing granddaughter of a top Hollywood producer.

"I've loved noir films for many, many years," he said. "I've enjoyed so many of them, the private detective trope is always an interesting one 'cos it brings up questions of purpose - meaning what side of the line you're on, good and bad. Private detectives are usually, in the world of noir, hard-boiled. They're usually somewhat bittered or jaded by the ugliness they've observed throughout their work, and this guy wasn't."

Watch the trailer for 'Sugar' below: