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Will Ferrell hits cheerleader in the face with a basketball

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Hollywood actor Will Ferrell was escorted out of the Smoothie King Center by security during the half-time interval of Thursday's NBA match between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers after hitting a cheerleader in the face with a basketball following a failed attempt at the half-court challenge.

Thankfully the incident was a pre-planned stunt for the 47-year-old's upcoming movie 'Daddy's Home', which also features fellow A-lister Mark Wahlberg, as well as Linda Cardellini and Hannibal Buress.

The synopsis, according to IMDB reads: "When a divorced guy's ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc."

Based on that, it's not immediately clear the reason behind Ferrell's appearance in Louisiana last night, but the forthcoming flick is sure to excite film fans that have become increasingly accustomed to the laugh-out-loud comedy productions that the famous comic tends to feature in.

After gatecrashing the game - which finished 80-96 in the Pelicans favour - the NBA crowd were treated to an eyeful of entertainment at the midway point of the game as Ferrell launched the basketball directly at the unsuspecting cheerleader's head, knocking her off her feet, before being carried out of the arena by a group of stewards.

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Unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of minutes before footage of the staged scene spread across social media after eagle-eyed supporters recorded it on their iPhones and handheld cameras from the stands.

You can check out Will Ferrell's pinpoint shot at the basketball cheerleader in the video below - and feel free to share any other funny movie scenes shot in live sporting arenas in the comment box provided…

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