Farrell escorted her off the stage himself telling the camera crew to stop filming and handed her over to security. Farrell was attached to this role in December 2001 though initially he was considered for the lead role as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil until Ben Affleck signed. Farrell said "he had no problem" that people knew he was the producer's fall back pick after Damon declined.
After TV and film work in the UK he was discovered by Joel Schumacher while auditioning for Tigerland (2000). A. (2003) and The Recruit (2003) establishing his international box office bankability.