He may play the suave player on the big screen, but Richard T. Jones was anything but smooth when he got up to address this year’s University of Maryland graduates.

Jones is probably best known from “Girlfriends” and films such as “The Wood” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” Invited to speak by the university, the actor was the speaker that the Maryland grads were looking forward to hearing the most. However, proving that not every celebrity appearance is a good one, Jones stammered through the bulk of his speech.

Clearly more than a little jittery, Jones claimed that his predecessors had taken all his material, telling the audience:

“Wow! I had this great speech ready for you guys and then you put me behind a bunch of doctors. You put an actor…behind a bunch of doctors…and then they said everything I wanted to say so I figure I’ll keep talking until I say something. I had such great analogies. I had such great quotes…And every one was used already. I’m glad I looked up a word called improv because that is what is going to happen here.”

And improv he did. Check out the video below (scroll ahead to the 3:00 mark):


I feel for Jones and the graduates as well. You know how people with a fear of public speaking always roll out the worst-case scenario they have in their heads? Yeah, well that definitely felt like one of them- except, in real life.

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