Step Brothers star John C Reilly has revealed that he is considering moving to Ireland when he retires from acting.
Speaking in Dublin this week, the 53-year-old Hollywood star added that he is currently trying to put the plans in motion, by applying for dual citizenship so that he can stay here whenever he wants.
He told Irish Daily Mirror: “I do really want it (Irish Citizenship). I really do.
“It allows you to work in Europe easily and I could come and go from here and stay for periods of time without having to worry about visa issues but I do really love it here and I am sincere when I say it. I am trying to achieve dual citizenship.
“So far nothing has happened, but a lot of talking about it has happened so that is the beginning of something like that, it’s talking about it so I am hoping to keep talking about it further.”
When asked if he would ever plan to move to Ireland permanently if he got his citizenship granted, he said: “Yeah, definitely I really would. I mean the older I get the more I consider it. I mean you got to move somewhere when you are too old to do what you did before.
However, keeping tight lipped about where exactly he would plan to settle down if the time comes, he said: “It will be a national secret.”
The US actor, who has made no secret of his love for the country in the past, was in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema for the Irish premiere of his new Disney flick ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’.
And after bragging about his pint pulling skills from the night before, the Ireland enthusiast went on to reveal he has lost track of where his Irish roots stem from.
He joked: “They are way in the north, but they could be greek mythology for all I know at this point. It has been a couple of generations.”
Meanwhile, his director, Phil Johnston added that he is also regular visitor to the country, revealing that he also has Irish heritage in the North.
He said: “We are from the North actually, my family were from Belfast.
“My wife and I brought my father here about ten years ago because my dad had never been and it is where his family are from. My mom’s side is Hogan and O’Neill and my dad’s side is Johnston so it’s a Scottish name.
And proving just as big a fan of the nation as Reilly he said: “But my wife and my kids rented a castle in the west, not too far from the Cliffs of Moher a few years ago and it was probably the best vacation i’ve ever had. It was magical.”
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland