The donkey, Jenny, is Colin Farrell’s sidekick in the Oscar-nominated movie 'The Banshees of Inisherin.'
Just when you thought the 2023 Oscars could not get any better. About halfway into the ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed an unexpected visitor at the 95th Academy Awards on March 12. He brought out a cute donkey onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre. The donkey, Jenny, is Colin Farrell's sidekick in the Oscar-nominated movie, "The Banshees of Inisherin." According to TODAY, it is unsure whether the donkey is a lookalike or Jenny, but Farrell was beaming with happiness throughout it. "Not only is Jenny an actress, but she's also a certified emotional support donkey. Or at least, that’s what we told the airline to get her on the plane from Ireland," Kimmel said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
“So, if you’re feeling upset or you win or you’re anxious or maybe you just love mules, feel free to come up and give her a hug," he joked. Kimmel pointed to Farrell and “Banshees of Inisherin” co-star Brendan Gleeson sitting in the audience. “Jenny, I want you to see — there’s your friend Colin right there. And there’s your friend Brendan, whose finger you ate. You want to say thank you?” Twitter could not get enough of the wholesomeness of the video. “I want Colin Farrell to look at me like he looked at jenny the donkey," tweeted @Khloe_Lewis. “No matter what else happens tonight Jenny, we, are the real winners. The pure unadulterated glee on Colin Farrell’s face here. Magic” wrote @CoyJandreau.
‘Jenny’ the Donkey stole the show at The #Oscars last night. On stage with host Jimmy Kimmel, she even took the time to give a quick nod to her Irish co-stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.— NewstalkFM (@NewstalkFM) March 13, 2023
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Find someone who looks at you the way Colin Farrell looks at a Donkey pic.twitter.com/Kxmp2O4AkB— sᴛᴜ (@Stu_FX) March 13, 2023
Colin Farrell graced the champagne carpet with his 13-year-old son, Henry Tadeusz Farrell. As reported by Page Six, the duo wore matching Dolce & Gabbana tuxedos with black velvet and silk satin lapels by the Italian fashion house. Farrell sported an Irish flag on his lapel, a nod to his home country and his role in “Banshees of Inisherin.” In an interview with Vanity Fair, Farrell said his two children help remind him to take pride in his success. “I remember my boy came back from school one day and he had heard, I think I had won the National Board of Review and I said, ‘Yeah, it’s cool.’ And he went, [mockingly] ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, it’s cool.’ He went, ‘Come on, enjoy it for God’s sake. Just enjoy it.’ And I was like, OK, I’ll lean into that wisdom.”
He went on and added, “As a human being, I know what’s important to me in life and it’s not what’s happened in the last six months. So knowing that just frees me up to enjoy that. It is my first time doing all this, and I’ve been working as an actor for 25 years, so I’m just trying to enjoy it all.” The actor also said that he was looking forward to getting together with his co-stars from the film, reports Page Six. “That’ll be a laugh, and it’ll be the last push across the line,” he shared. “We’ll just celebrate the day and enjoy it, and take any kind of thoughts of winning and all that stuff off the table.”
"These last few months have been extraordinary and it’s been so heartening to be able to share it with the whole Banshees crew and the other crews from other films that we’ve crossed paths with. But I’m really excited to get back to the working part." Along with his Oscar-nominated role in "Banshees of Inisherin," Farrell will also star in the upcoming “Batman” flick. "The Lobster" actor has had a busy schedule and at the end of the day, he said he’s just soaking it all in — thanks to Henry’s help. "Now, I’m just being in the present, and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow morning on The Penguin."