Will Ferrel returned to USC last week to deliver the commencement speech to the class of 2017.
In true Ferrel fashion, his speech to the graduates was memorable and full of comedy.
Helen Mirren, who was also there to receive an honorary degree, was called out by Ferrel who joked: “Even now I still lose out on parts that I want so desperately. The most painful one was losing the role of Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Queen.’ Apparently, it came down to myself and Helen Mirren. The rest is history. DAME HELEN MIRREN, YOU STOLE MY OSCAR!”
In addition to sharing his own personal struggle to “figure it all out”, He shared some advice for the graduates:
“For many of you who maybe don’t have it all figured out, that’s OK. That’s the same chair I sat in… Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut. Keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.”
And then he proceeded to belt out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”