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Will Ferrell eyes up Game of Thrones role as he attends Daddy's Home Irish premiere

Rory McIlroy shows generous side again as he gives golf club to Mark Wahlberg over lunch

Can you picture Will Ferrell battling it out for the Iron Throne?

Well the Hollywood funnyman wants to do just that as he has his eyes on a part in Game of Thrones.

The HBO series is filmed in dozens of locations across Northern Ireland.

The Elf actor revealed his intentions to be part of Westeros while in Dublin for the Irish premiere screening of his new comedy Daddy's Home with Mark Wahlberg.

The movie Daddy's Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

This was Will's 12th time back in Dublin and this time around he said he would love to make a film in Ireland or do a Game of Thrones episode in Northern Ireland.

"I would love to shoot a movie in Ireland. I don’t think I’ve gotten an opportunity to work here.

"There’s not that many movies to shoot but I’d love to – or at least do a Game of Thrones episode in Northern Ireland", he told the Irish Examiner.

And the 48-year-old also told how much he loves coming to Ireland and commented on how "friendly" it is.

"The Irish are so friendly and they really enjoy sitting down and talking to you and there is a real sense of community here that's unlike any other place here in the world," he told the Herald.

"That's what makes it special. And I love Guinness -  I always have. I've loved it since I was in college."

Meanwhile it was a case of Holywood meets Hollywood at the weekend as superstar golfer Rory McIlroy met up with Mark Wahlberg for lunch.

And it seems Rory is continuing his generous streak - as he gave away another golf club - but this time it was to the famous actor.

Mark told the Herald how he had lunch with the world number three and that he then gave him the club.

"I played golf at Portmarnock, it was beautiful.

"I'd love to come back here on vacation with my family.

"I had a bite to eat with Rory on Sunday and I was like, 'Dude, I need to come back, play golf and just hang out and see the sights'.

"I will at some point, it's just hard with work and the kids are in school.

"He gave me a new driver, which was great, I just can't wait to get to a golf course or a driving range and try it out."

It comes just one month after McIlroy gave a similar gift to a gobsmacked fan who posted a tongue-in-cheek request to him on Facebook that he could put good use to one of the 26-year-old's disused Nike drivers.

But when Rory replied - just 11 minutes later - that all he had to do was send him his address for it to be shipped to him.

Rory McIlroy sends old club to gobsmacked Facebook fan 

Daddy's Home: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg find themselves alone in an empty Dublin bar ahead of premiere 

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