updated 01/06/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/06/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
Gerard Butler is battling an addiction – to surfing.
Butler, 42, says he wanted to get right back into the water after his near-death experience when he was pulled underwater and dragged over a reef in Northern California last month while filming the surf movie Of Men and Mavericks.
“I was going to go back that day,” the 300 star said on the U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show. “I was actually in the ambulance and wanted to go back, which was a little crazy, but it s pretty addictive.”
Instead, Butler was taken to Stanford Medical Center, where he was evaluated and released.