Actor Colin Farrell has defended the violence in his new cop drama PRIDE AND GLORY, insisting there is nothing "gratuitous" about the fighting in the film.
Farrell, who stars alongside Edward Norton in the movie, plays a corrupt New York police officer who, in one scene, threatens a baby with a steam iron.
But the actor is adamant that the scenes were central to the plot.
He says, "I don't feel the violence is gratuitous.
"I felt it was essential to show the level of desperation that this character had got to."