Will Ferrell on His Cheerleader Takedown That Went Viral

by Raphael Chestang 6:49 PM PDT, June 18, 2015
Playing Will Ferrell on His Cheerleader Takedown That Went Viral

In January, Will Ferrell shot a scene for the upcoming comedy Daddy's Home in which he hits a cheerleader in the face with a basketball. While everyone on the court was in on the joke, the crowd was not, and Will told ET about the backlash following the shoot.

"People thought I actually snuck -- drunk -- onto a basketball court," Will said. "People wanted me to be sued for my actions. They didn't realize that was a paid, professional stuntwoman I hit in the face with not a real ball."

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"When Will first came out and did it, obviously people were shocked," Mark Wahlberg added. "A lot of people thought it was real. They thought it was a real ball."

The scene was shot in the middle of a New Orleans Pelicans game at Smoothie King Center. In the scene, Will accidentally pelts the cheerleader in the face and then is immediately tossed from the arena.

"We had six minutes to shoot that," Will said. "We got two full takes, and the crowd was amazing. They didn't know what was going to happen. They just were told I was going to try to make a half-court shot."

Daddy's Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive, played by Ferrell, who strives to become the best stepfather to his wife's two children. Wahlberg plays the freeloading father who comes back to wreak havoc.

Daddy's Home opens Christmas Day.