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Filming movie scene in public, Will Ferrell throws basketball at NBA cheerleader’s face

Fans at last night's Pelicans-Lakers game became extras in the comedian's new movie.


Miles Klee

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Posted on Jan 22, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:16 pm CDT

NBA fans at last night’s Pelicans–Lakers game in New Orleans were treated to a drunken spectacle that seemed straight out of a Will Ferrell movie—because it was.

Ferrell, in character for an upcoming movie called Daddy’s Home (which also stars Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, and Hannibal Buress), was on the floor of the Smoothie King Center to deliver a sloppy speech about his troubled family life and to take a half-court shot. Instead of aiming for the basket, however, he flung the ball right at a cheerleader’s head.

Video of Will Ferrell’s halfcourt shot just filmed for movie “Daddy’s Home.”

A video posted by Kevin Ding (@kevinding) on

The staged incident—ticket holders were warned in advance—ended with Ferrell being escorted off the premises by security personnel. According to, it’s just the first of several scenes to be shot in the stadium for the film, in which Ferrell plays a mild-mannered stepdad whose life is upended by the machinations of his wife’s crazy ex-husband (Wahlberg).

Sounds promising—or, at least, better than Ferrell’s last basketball movie.

H/T Huffington Post | Photo by Dean Sebourn/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jan 22, 2015, 2:49 pm CST