Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Colin Farrell has a rather wild reputation, but the 37-year-old Irish actor cultivated an unlikely relationship with Elizabeth Taylor towards the end of her life, when she frequently battled ill health and heart problems.
The Saving Mr. Banks star told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday that he met the legendary actress in 2009 when his second son was born at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Taylor was in the same hospital getting a stint put in her heart and Farrell ran into her manager in the elevator.
"I said, 'Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am,'" he recalled. "And they go, 'No, she knows who you are.' And I went, 'Wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best,' and they said, 'Will do.'"
Farrell asked to send her flowers, only to find that Taylor had sent him an orchid.
"That was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was a really cool [relationship]," Farrell said. "It was kind of like the last -- it feels like in my head, not hers, I'm projecting -- but the last kind of romantic relationship I had. Which was never consummated."
"She was a spectacular, spectacular woman," Farrell added. "I wanted to be [husband] number eight, but we ran out of road. I just adored her."
Taylor died of congestive heart failure in 2011, when she was 79.