Will Ferrell Declines Bay Area Prom Invite

Teacher's Hollywood gambit falls short.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 6:35 AM PDT
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Danville teacher Chad Cochran in a YouTube video has asked actor and comedian Will Ferrell to be his prom date. It didn't work.

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Danville Teacher Asks Will Ferrell to Prom on YouTube

Danville teacher Chad Cochran asks Will Ferrell to the senior prom on YouTube.

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There will be no Will Ferrell at prom this year.

A San Ramon Valley High teacher's effort to get the comedian to attend the school's May 10 prom ended this week with a "dispiriting 'no,'" the Contra Costa Times reported.

Chad Cochran got the call from Ferrell's publicist this week, who said that the actor would be in Europe for two months and "unavailable," the newspaper reported.

That was the net result of Cochran's labor, the "determined teacher" who filmed a pair of videos in an attempt to attract Ferrell's attention.

Cochran says the experience is a teachable moment for his students, who now know the power of social media.

His backup plan for a prom date? His wife, he told the newspaper.

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