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Will Ferrell told the story of how he ended up singing Whitney Houston at a graduation on Graham Norton last night

Dr Will Ferrell.

THE CAST OF Daddy’s Home 2 have been in every Irish home these past couple of weeks, popping up on the Late Late and even sitting down to watch Fair City on Gogglebox Ireland.

Now the press tour has moved to the UK, they were always going to be prime candidates to appear on The Graham Norton Show.

And the highlight of last night’s show was probably the moment Will Ferrell recounted the time he had to give a speech to a graduating class of college students earlier this year

Source: The Graham Norton Show/YouTube

He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Southern California:

“It’s my University in Los Angeles and I received an honorary Doctorate. They say it’s honorary, I think it’s for real. I’ve performed 13 successful surgeries and 100 that didn’t go so well.”

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And the inspirational speech you have to make at such things?

“I haven’t been put in that position before, because usually I just make fun of things. But you have to be earnest and that was a difficult task. So I just told them to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground… and reach for the stars. Which I read on the back of a cereal box”

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“I thought I would inspire the graduating class by singing a Whitney Houston song to them. So I chose the theme from The Bodyguard”

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“I started thinking: ‘do I just sing a couple of lines or do I torture the students and their parents by singing the entire song?’ And I chose the latter”

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They then played the performance and it was really something

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What a voice.

“Did you see me look down to try and remember the words?”

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It had people wishing Will Ferrell performed at their graduation

It’s actually straight out of a Will Ferrell movie

It was a mixed night on Graham Norton in general, but Will Ferrell saved the day

Source: The Graham Norton Show/YouTube

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