Hollywood actor John C. Reilly told Independent.ie about his many experiences visiting Ireland that he'll never forget, including a trip to "the old heart" of the country.
Speaking in London following the premiere of Kong: Skull Island, the Irish-American actor reminisced about a visit to Ireland where he spent a week travelling up the River Shannon.
"The whole side of my father's family is Irish. I've been to Ireland many times."
"If you look on YouTube, you'll see quite a few videos of me in pubs singing and carrying on," he said, with a quick YouTube search showing him singing The Wild Rover in a Co. Clare pub in 2015.
"I was in Ireland last summer, I think. I was there for the Galway Film Festival not too long ago. I've spent a fair bit of time there."
"I had an amazing family trip there. We rented a boat on the River Shannon and travelled up the River Shannon for seven days together and that was really special, so I'd highly recommend that.
"It kinda takes you off the beaten path and takes you to the old heart of Ireland."
The Oscar-nominated actor is set to take on the role of kooky and heartwarming crash survivor Hank Marlow in Kong: Skull Island, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
Filming for the movie took place across Hawaii, the Gold Coast and Vietnam, which Reilly (51) said was "amazing."
"I'd like to say it had nothing to do with my decision to do the movie but, let's be honest, if someone says, 'I want to send you to Hawaii, Australia and Vietnam,' it tends to sweeten the pot, as they say."
Kong: Skull Island is in cinemas now.
In the late 1920s, the aviator, adventurer, war hero and occasional film-maker Merian C Cooper was wandering the canyons of midtown Manhattan when he looked up, saw a plane flying over a skyscraper and had a kind of vision. What Cooper saw was a giant ape on top of the building, swatting away war planes like they were wasps and terrorising passers-by below. It was Kong, though the name and the back-story would be added later.