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May 18, 2015 02:00 PM

In his latest movie, The Lobster, Colin Farrell plays a man willing to do anything for a relationship. But in reality, he is perfectly happy flying solo.

The Irish actor, 38, who is busy promoting the Palme d’Or-contending film at the Cannes Film Festival, said that he isn’t keen on pursuing serious relationships due to the high price of fame, the Associated Press reported.

“In my life I’ve had relationships with women that weren’t in the public eye that have been pulled into the public eye as a result of the nonsense of celebrity and being close to me, and I hate that and I hated that for them,” he said in an interview last week. “And so that would be just another thing that would lead into my reticence to being in a relationship.”

He also added that after a breakup, it’s sometimes better to spend time alone.

“I have one friend who just broke up and he’s been in a relationship for six years, and before that he was married for 15 years, and he just broke up and our other shared friends who are in relationships are doggedly pursuing him – ‘I have this person you have to meet,’ ” he said. “But I’m just like, ‘Just let him [rest].’ And part of me goes, ‘Is that misery loves company?’ ”

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In the sci-fi Yorgos Lanthimos-directed movie, which is earning rave reviews, Farrell plays a single man who is desperate to find a committed relationship, or he risks being turned into an animal. Actress Rachel Weisz costars as Farrell’s love interest.

The actor is also starring in the upcoming season of True Detective, alongside Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch.

For behind-the-scenes coverage and exclusive updates from the French film festival, head over to PEOPLE’s Cannes blog.

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