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I ridiculed Nobel prize winner with song -- O'Dowd

ACTOR Chris O'Dowd has revealed how he once ridiculed a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The 32-year-old comedian, whose star is on the rise in Hollywood, explained how he greeted former South African president FW de Klerk with an embarrassing song when a student at UCD.

Bridesmaids star Chris, who as the secretary of the UCD Literary and Historical Society got to introduce Mr De Klerk, admitted that his low opinion of De Klerk prompted his slur. "My feelings about FW De Klerk aren't great. I thought he was the guy who decided he wasn't racist when it looked bad.

"So armed with that and a few drinks to calm my nerves I decided to welcome him in front of national media by doing the national anthem of South Africa and I asked everyone to sing it as he came down the steps.

"The song that I sang was 'push a palm tree get a coconut'. I guess it was pretty disrespectful, a lot of people booed, but there was still a good two dozen people who sang it."

The Boyle, Co Roscommon, native is due to shoot a series for Sky One based on his childhood in his hometown.

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