HOLLYWOOD actor Seann William Scott was "bowled over" with his first taste of Ireland yesterday -- and promised to bring his family over on holiday soon.
He swapped the red carpet for the cobblestones of Trinity College in Dublin when he was honoured by the university's debating society.
The star, best known for his role as the puerile Steve Stifler in the 'American Pie' films, was the latest well-known figure to be awarded the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity's Philosophical Society.
The 35-year-old was also in town to promote the latest sequel -- 'American Pie: The Reunion' -- which premiered in the Savoy Cinema last night.
Three other cast members, Tara Reid (Vicky), Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's Mom) and Eugene Levy -- who plays the cringe-inducing father of the main character Jim -- were also there.
The 'Phil', which is world's oldest debating society, presents the accolade to individuals who have excelled in various fields.
He follows in the footsteps of US Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was presented with the award last month for her outstanding contribution to politics. Hollywood stars Al Pacino and John C Reilly have also been recognised.
Mr Scott said he was thrilled by the hospitality shown to him since his arrival on Tuesday.
"You guys are so friendly and warm. Today was so much fun and the response I received is the whole reason why I make movies," he said.
"We're flying to Madrid tonight and then we're finished all the press stuff. I'm then going to spend some time at home and with the family and make plans for a vacation around Europe -- with Ireland my first stop.
"Today was a little teaser of what your country is like, and I want to come back and spend more time here."
He name-checked Colin Farrell as one of his favourite Hollywood actors and revealed he plans to explore whether there is any Irish blood running through his family tree on his return to the US.
"I love Colin Farrell. I've never had a chance to really hang out with him but I'm a huge fan. I ran into him not long ago when I was on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in the US. He's so unassuming and one of the coolest, sweetest guys ever," he said.
Phil president Lorcan O'Clarke said Mr Scott's was a worthy recipient of the award. "He's an incredibly popular figure with students so from that point of view he was an obvious choice."